By Ian Hunt

Garry Monk has revealed how Pontus Jansson has a weight off his mind after agreeing a permanent contract with Leeds.

The Sweden international, 25, joined the Elland Road outfit last summer on a season-long loan from Serie A side Torino.

Leeds announced on Thursday night that Jansson had agreed a three-year contract to join permanently which will come into effect in the summer when his loan expires.

The deal will tie the centre-back to the Championship giants until June 2020.

Speaking ahead of Leeds’ league trip to Yorkshire rivals and fellow promotion hopefuls Huddersfield on Sunday, manager Monk explained that the permanent signing of Jansson is a massive boost for both the team and the player himself.

“Pontus agreeing a permanent deal is great news,” Monk said, as quoted by Leeds’ official Twitter account. “That was always the plan. Pontus has that off his mind now, he knows he needs to continue to work, perform and help the group we have.”

Jansson has had an outstanding debut campaign at Elland Road and been an integral player in the team’s climb to fourth in the Championship table and against-the-odds promotion challenge.

The 6ft 5in defender has helped Leeds keep 10 clean sheets in his 23 appearances and has also weighed in with three goals.

Jansson scored a last-gasp winner against Blackburn on Wednesday night as Leeds triumphed 2-1 and narrowed the gap on Newcastle and Brighton in the automatic promotion places.

With his future now sorted at Elland Road, Jansson is expected to start against Huddersfield on Sunday as Leeds look to steal a march on their play-off rivals with all three points.

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