By Joe Ellis

16th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United make Jack Harrison contract a priority before January

Leeds United are hoping to come to an agreement of a contract extension with winger Jack Harrison before January, according to 90min.

The 25-year-old was the target of a lot of interest over the summer with Newcastle United particularly persistent in their pursuit but the Whites held firm to keep him at Elland Road.

They now anticipate more bids to come flying in when the January transfer window opens which is why they have made extending his contract a priority before then.

The Englishman, who was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Nations League games later in September, has started the season brilliantly with three assists already to his name as well as a goal.

His contract is due to end in less than two years but an extension would not only increase that but bring him much closer to top-earner Rodrigo at Thorp Arch.

Perfect timing

There is no better time than right now to be trying to get this agreement to happen with no games until 2 October for the senior team.

Harrison doesn’t have continuous games to think and worry about which means he can properly think about his future and why it should be at Elland Road rather than anywhere else.

He is not only settled at Leeds United having played for the Whites for five seasons now but he is starting every single week and performing hugely well.

There are no guarantees that he would go to St James’ Park and start every game when he is fit with Allan Saint-Maximin having that left-wing spot nailed down for himself.

He would have to compete with Miguel Almiron for the right-wing position and that isn’t where he is at his best and Jesse Marsch should be informing him of that and trying to keep him at Thorp Arch.

In other Leeds United news, five youngsters have been mixing it with the senior squad in training ahead of two big games for Michael Skubala’s side.