Leeds United defender Tom Pearce is set to be offered a new deal to stay at the club, according to manager Paul Heckingbottom.
The young defender, who is out of contract in the summer, has played three times for the Whites this campaign.
Pearce has only recently broken in to the Leeds first team. His impressive form for the Under-23s did not go unnoticed by Heckingbottom and he has been rewarded by the manager.
However, if Leeds do not tie Pearce down to a new deal then they risk losing their young prospect on a free transfer. They will need to act swiftly in order to keep Pearce at Elland Road.
Pearce is the only player whose contract runs out in the summer. Pablo Hernandez signed a two-year contract extension earlier on today, amid rumours that Birmingham City were leading the chase for the Spanish playmaker.
Speaking at his press conference today, Paul Heckingbottom gave an update, via Phil Hay on Twitter, on Pearce’s situation.
Tom Pearce out of contract this summer. Heckingbottom indicated that he's being offered a new deal. Nothing signed yet. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 26, 2018
The youngster joined Leeds from Everton in 2014 and was given his first call up to the first team on 7 January 2018, when he was named on the bench against Newport County, in a 2-1 defeat in the third round of the FA Cup. He was allocated squad number 46.
Pearce scored his first goal for the Yorkshire club in a 2-1 win over Barnsley, a game where he also picked up the man of the match award.
Leeds will be keen to tie down Pearce down to a new deal at Elland Road, and he could surely be a long-term part of Heckingbottom’s plans.