Leeds secure new deal for talented star gunning for first-team impact

Date published: Monday 27th September 2021 4:10 - Ciaran McCarthy

Leeds Utd star Jack Jenkins 2021

Leeds academy prospect Jack Jenkins penned a new deal today, and has expressed his joy at committing his long-term future to his boyhood club.

The midfielder thinks its “an amazing feeling” to commit to a new three-year deal at Leeds United. Especially since he has been at the club since the age of five.

“I’m over the moon, my friends, family, they’re all buzzing,” he said via the Leeds United Official Youtube Channel. I’m just looking forward to the future really.”

Jenkins’ family appear to be over the moon for him, and are especially pleased at the prospect of him making it at Elland Road.

“To sign a new deal, it’s amazing, especially for my family. My dad, my granddad, my uncle, everyone supports them.” he said.

Though Jenkins is yet to break into the first-team, he has played a starring role in Leeds’ Premier League 2 campaign. He has assisted twice in three appearances so far, helping Leeds climb to fourth in the table.

“I just need to make that jump to the first team, which I can hopefully do this season,” he said.

The midfielder had high praise for Marcelo Bielsa, and feels his own game is coming on leaps and bounds thanks to the Argentinian’s coaching.

“Especially since the manager came in I feel like I’m developing as a player. Every season I feel like I’m getting better and better,” he said.

Leeds early season woes

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds may be establishing youth this season, in order to give themselves a bright future.

However, their early season form is a major worry. The Yorkshire side are yet to win a game, and currently sit in the relegation zone.

Injuries to Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Luke Ayling certainly do not help matters. Furthermore, the side are blooding inexperienced players in the first-team.

And while Charlie Cresswell dealt ably with Premier League joint top-scorer Michail Antonio at the weekend, the side were unable to hold on for a draw, conceding in the 90th minute.

This start does not reflect the poise Leeds showed on their return to the top-flight last season. Fans will surely be hoping the side can get back to winning ways against Watford on Saturday.

READ MORE: Revealed: What Bielsa screamed at Charlie Cresswell after late West Ham winner

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