Sky Bet Championship side Leeds United have today issued their retained list for the 2017/18 campaign, after narrowly missing out on the play-offs last season. Head coach Garry Monk has been busy making decisions as to who should be in the Leeds squad for next season.
Great news is that one key player automatically has his deal extended, whilst a wantaway defender has been offered an extension at Elland Road. In total, six players have left the club, although only two of those could really be described as first-team players.
Attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez soon established himself as a key member of the squad not long after signing last year. Monk will be delighted to see that a new contract has been triggered based on the fact he played a certain amount of times last season. Even if no such clause was included, he most likely would’ve earned a new deal anyway. Charlie Taylor has been heavily linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion of late, but that still hasn’t stopped Leeds offering him a two-year deal, should he indeed decide to stay. He has one month from today to decide if he wishes to accept.
Eoghan Stokes and Tom Pearce have been offered one-year deals by Monk too, whilst options have been taken to extend the stays of both Conor Shaughnessy and Romario Vieira.
Now on the departures. Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, who has practically been the fourth-choice goalie for a while now, has been told that he is free to go. Bad injury problems certainly hampered his time at Elland Road, but can now go away in search of more regular first-team football. Jordan Botaka also exits the club after a frustrating spell in Yorkshire. He spent last season away on loan at Charlton Athletic. Alex Purver, Michael Taylor, Jack Vann and Billy Whitehouse all leave as well.
One-year contract automatically extended based on appearances last season: Pablo Hernandez.
Offered new contracts: Charlie Taylor, Eoghan Stokes & Tom Pearce.
Option take to extend deals by one-year: Conor Shaughnessy & Romario Vieira.
Released: Jordan Botaka, Ross Turnbull, Michael Taylor, Alex Purver, Jack Vann & Billy Whitehouse.