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Victor Orta forecasts big futures for Leeds United trio, as Joe Gelhardt leads cluster of contract renewals

Jesse Marsch with Leeds United players Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt

Leeds United have announced contract extensions for Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville.

Gelhardt’s new deal will last until 2027, while the other two will be under contract until 2026 as a result of the new arrangements. Each will be hoping to develop further within that timeframe after showing signs of promise already.

Gelhardt has so far amassed 22 appearances for the Leeds United first team. The former Wigan Athletic striker has scored twice from those outings.

TEAMtalk recently learned he was due to renew his deal and that has now been made official.

Fellow forward Greenwood, for his part, has played 10 times for the senior side since joining from Arsenal in 2020.

Meanwhile, winger Summerville has nine appearances to his name for the West Yorkshire outfit so far.

All will now continue their associations with Leeds, who will be hoping to benefit from their potential. All of the trio are still only 20 years old.

Director of football Victor Orta has explained all three renewals via Leeds United’s official website.

Regarding Gelhardt, he said: “Re-signing Joe is an important moment for us this summer. He is the kind of player that can change games, and the fans know this too.

“We’ve already seen some magical moments from him last season, none more so than the assist for Pascal [Struijk]’s goal in the last minute against Brighton, or his goal against Norwich.

“We believe that Joe can go on and have an amazing career and we are delighted that he’s committed his long-term future to us.”

Joe Gelhardt joined by Greenwood and Summerville in renewing

As for Greenwood, Orta explained: “We are delighted to see Sam sign a new deal with the club.

“We knew when we brought him here from Arsenal that he was a top talent. He went on to impress in the Under-23s and finally up in the first team, showing a lot of versatility. We look forward to watching his career unfold at Elland Road.”

Likewise, the director is hoping Summerville – a 2020 signing from Feyenoord – can step up into the senior team to progress now.

Orta added: “Crysencio is an exciting talent. We have seen what he can do in the Under-23 setup and this year is his time to kick on and deliver in the first team.

“I strongly believe he can become an important player for us. Now is the time for him to focus and work harder than ever to force himself into the team and stay there.”

Leeds’ season begins on August 6, at home to Wolves. It remains to be seen if any of the three youngsters will get gametime in it, but there are at least plans for their long-term futures.

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