By Daniel Feliciano

14th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United plan to open contract talks with Jack Harrison - Phil Hay

Leeds United are planning to open fresh contract talks with attacker Jack Harrison soon, according to a report by Phil Hay.

The Whites turned down several bids in the summer transfer window for the 25-year-old from Newcastle United, citing his importance to the team as the reason.

Now in a Q&A on The Athletic website [14 September], Hay says the club plan on offering him a new deal because he will have just 12 months remaining on his contract next summer and they’ll face being forced to sell him.

“The plan was to open talks with him after the window closed and I’d expect that to happen,” he said.

“It has to be done because like you say, if he’s down to 12 months at the end of this season, then Leeds will have to think about selling him, but they’ll be in no position to maximise his value.”

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Harrison has been one of the club’s best performers since the arrival of Jesse Marsch back in March, and that has carried over into this season too.

He has claimed the left wing spot as his own and has chipped in with one goal and three assists in six appearances so far, as Leeds sit in ninth place in the Premier League table currently.

But with two years remaining on his deal the club showed their faith in him by rejecting bids worth in excess of £20m, clearly showing their intentions of keeping him around for a while yet.

A new deal will likely see him earn improved terms and further cement his place in the starting lineup, and will surely be a message to Newcastle and others that Leeds won’t entertain bids for him.

However if a deal isn’t in place before the January window then Leeds can expect plenty of interest to show it’s head because of that contract situation and they will have to work hard to keep him should they receive a big bid.

In other Leeds news, 49ers offered to help make a monster signing in the summer on one condition according to Phil Hay