By Mark Smith

19th Mar, 2020 | 12:30pm

Leeds set to further benefit from EFL futures fund, three players qualify this season - report

Leeds United have qualified for the EFL Futures Fund this season during the ongoing coronavirus suspension in the Championship.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that every Championship clubs are set to receive £800,000 each, but the Whites are set to earn even more.

According to the report, Leeds are also set to earn a share of a £1million pot set aside to rewards clubs who have fielded players under the age of 21 who qualify to play for England.

It is suggested that Jamie Shackleton, Jordan Stevens and Leif Davis fit into that category and that the payments will be distributed immediately rather than at the end of the season.

The Championship is currently suspended until the 3rd of April, and it is suggested that it could be extended further past that date this season.

With funds set to be released by the EFL, Leeds look set to benefit in more areas than one with their use of the academy set to help them.

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The three players that qualify for the future fund have been involved in 382 minutes this season, with Shackleton having played the majority of those in the second-tier.

Shackleton has been used frequently recently having returned from injury after Christmas. Marcelo Bielsa has continued to utilise the midfielder to replace the likes of Pablo Hernandez, who has tired towards the end of games.

The 20-year-old has only completed 54 minutes since he last start but with him and his teammates’ action benefitting Leeds, it proves the impressive work has been continuing in the academy.

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