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Leeds United agree to extend defender’s loan deal after impressive spell in League One

Leeds United and Fleetwood Town have agreed a deal which will see defender Lewie Coyle extend his loan spell with the League One side, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. 

Leeds United defender Lewie Coyle is set to remain with loan club Fleetwood Town until the end of the season, after the two clubs agreed an extension on the 23-year-old’s spell with The Cod Army.

The defender is in his second spell at Fleetwood Town after he enjoyed a successful season long loan spell at Highbury Stadium last season. Now, under new manager Joey Barton, Coyle has impressed once again. He has missed only one league game for Barton’s side this season, playing all 90 minutes in 23 of his 24 League One appearances this season.

Rumours spread recently regarding a possible return to Elland Road for the full-back, with Marcelo Bielsa struggling with injuries in the defensive department throughout the first half of this season. Luke Ayling endured an extended spell on the sidelines with a knee injury and Gaetano Berardi is still out with a torn hamstring.

However, Bielsa opted to utilize youngster Jamie Shackleton and versatile winger Stuart Dallas in the full-back positions, allowing Coyle to stay at Fleetwood.

Coyle first broke into the Leeds United first team in 2015 under Steve Evans, featuring regularly for The Whites in the second half of the 2015/16 Championship season. However, he fell out of favour and made only four appearances in the next season.

Since joining Fleetwood on loan in the summer of 2017, Coyle has gone on to play 75 games for Fleetwood Town over the course of one-and-a-half seasons.

 

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