By Dominic Toner

Leeds defender Liam Cooper claims that Lewie Coyle “thoroughly deserves” his new contract.

Coyle, 21, has agreed a new contract which will keep him at Elland Road until the summer of 2019.

The youngster’s future was becoming increasingly doubtful with less than 12 months remaining on his Elland Road contract.

He will now hope to break into the first-team as he competes alongside Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi for the right-back position.

Leeds centre-back Cooper expressed his delight for his team-mate and feels he has earned it.

“My man thoroughly deserved mate,” Cooper wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Coyle has made five senior appearances this season and featured once in the Championship for Garry Monk’s side.

The defender is a product of the club’s academy and made his debut for the club in December 2015.

He has made a total of 17 appearances since then all competitions and is set to prolong his stay with his boyhood club.

Leeds face an away trip to Norwich on Saturday and will hope to continue their recent form, picking up seven points from their last three league games.

In other Leeds news, a crucial attacker has been ruled out of the game against Norwich despite an international call-up.