By Harvey Byrne

Leeds central midfielder Kalvin Phillips has signed a new three-year contract, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

The official Leeds website has confirmed that the 20-year-old has tied himself to Elland Road until the summer of 2019, replacing a deal which was due to expire next summer.

The central midfielder was rarely used during the 2015-16 campaign, playing three times under former manager Uwe Rosler and seven times under the recently departed Steve Evans.

However, new manager Garry Monk wants the youngster to be a part of his squad and has sanctioned a fresh deal for the youngster.

The Leeds players are preparing to begin the fight for places with Monk due to welcome them back to Thorp Arch for pre-season training next week.

Phillips told the Leeds website: “I’m buzzing. It’s a great achievement for me and my family. I’m just happy that the gaffer’s got trust and belief in me.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and that he’s good with young players. He’s obviously a good manager who has managed at the highest level.

“Personally, I want to do better than last season and get more game time. I want to be playing consistently and perform well when I get the chance. I’ll be working as hard as I can to get that opportunity.”

Despite Phillips’ new contract, as reported by Football Insider Leeds are leaving the door open for another move for Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

If the Yorkshire giant’s are able to secure the signing of the Sunderland midfielder then that will be further competition for the Leeds youth graduate to face during the 2016-17 campaign.

In other Leeds news, Kemar Roofe has been slapped with a £3million price tag – which could reportedly end Leeds’ pursuit of the prolific striker.