By Harri Burton

20th Nov, 2023 | 10:10am

Sam Byram may have already convinced Leeds United to hand him new contract

Sam Byram may have already convinced Leeds United to hand him a new contract at Elland Road after his positive start to the season, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Sam Byram re-joined his boyhood club last summer on a one-year contract, which means the 30-year-old will be out of contract come the end of the 2023/24 season.

He joins a long list of potential departures, which include the likes of Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton, as well as a handful of loan players.

Despite the uncertain future that comes with a single one-year deal, Byram has been performing week-in week-out for Leeds this season. The full-back has started 13 of Leeds’ 16 league games so far, appearing in two more as a substitute.

Byram has also scored once, a goal against Watford in a 3-0 victory, and assisted another during a wild 4-3 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town.

A new contract?

There is nothing to suggest that Byram should not receive a new contract, and that will be music to Leeds fans’ ears. As well as being a cool head on the pitch, the experience he brings inside a young and everchanging dressing room which will be vital for the Whites this season.

Byram started his senior career at Leeds in the summer of 2012, going on to play 143 times for the club until his departure in 2016.

However, it has not worked out as well as anyone would have hoped, racking up just 98 appearances between spells with West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City.

The defender is back at Elland Road, and it is difficult to see him leaving again if the club are to offer him a new contract, especially with the team light in his position.

Leeds would also be silly not to keep Byram at the club. If he were to be a free agent at the end of the season, several Championship clubs would be swarming for his signature.

In other Leeds United news, sources reveal that the Whites want to sign an EFL ‘Star’ and his club may be forced to sell him in January.