Sky Bet Championship side Leeds United have today confirmed their retained list following the 2017/18 season coming to an end. Three players have been awarded with new contracts, whilst four youngsters have been told they are no longer required.

In addition to this, Leeds, managed by Paul Heckingbottom, confirm that their two on-loan players have returned to their parent clubs. This is Matthew Pennington and Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who go back to Everton and Hamburg respectively.

Perhaps the most high-profile news is that left back Tom Pearce has been offered new terms. The highly-regarded youngster impressed when being thrown into the side towards the end of the campaign, mainly due to injuries ahead of him in the pecking order. He did not disappoint, and Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post understands that the defender has been offered a three-year deal, on an increased wage. Pearce, aged 20, has been linked with some Premier League clubs this summer. He played five times last season, even scoring in the 2-1 home success over rivals Barnsley. Fellow young stars Kamil Miazek and Clarke Oduor have been offered an extension, and all three have one-month from today to respond to these offers.

The four to leave Elland Road following the expiration of their contracts are Moses Adioye, Matthew Keogh, Moise Kroma and Romario Vieira. None of these make any real impact on the first-team environment at the club, but have been freed up to allow them to try and make a name for themselves in the professional game, if possible.

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