Thursday, 29 September 2011

Leeds Offer Howson New Contract

Leeds United have made a contract offer to Jonathan Howson in a bid to keep their influential captain at Elland Road beyond the end of this season.The club are awaiting a response from Howson’s representatives after proposing to extend the midfielder’s deal.Howson, an England Under-21 international, is in the last 12 months of his contract and could become a free agent when he reaches his 24th birthday in May.He is potentially vulnerable to rival interest but Leeds confirmed today that they are in negotiations to secure the future of a player who has appeared more than 200 times for the club since emerging from their academy in 2006.“Discussions have been ongoing for a period of time and since the transfer window shut,” said United chief executive Shaun Harvey. “We’ve made an offer to Jonny and we’re waiting for a response.”Howson signed a new contract with Leeds shortly after their defeat in the League One play-off final in 2008, and United’s promotion from the Championship last year activated a clause which automatically extended his deal by a further 12 months, to the summer of 2012.The 23-year-old was installed as club captain by manager Simon Grayson this summer following a long stint as vice-captain.Harvey, meanwhile, also confirmed contract talks have also opened, or were set to begin, with other prominent members of United’s first-team squad.

“Discussions with all of those players who we’d want – and who you’d expect us to want – to keep beyond the end of their existing contracts have taken place and or will commence shortly,” he said.

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