By Will Butcher
Leeds could be set to offer academy product Alex Mowatt a new deal, ending speculation over a move elsewhere.
The left-footed midfielder has just 12 months remaining on his Elland Road deal, but the 21-year-old’s representatives met with Leeds officials to discuss a new deal.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Mowatt had expected to discuss a new deal at the end of the 2014-15 season, but nothing materialised.
Yorkshire Evening Post sports editor Phil Hay reported that Leeds’ Chief Executive Ben Mansford had told Radio Yorkshire that talks had begun to prolong the attacking midfielder’s stay with the Yorkshire giants.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 26, 2016
Despite being only 21, Mowatt has made more than 100 appearances for his hometown club after signing when he was just nine, but had a disappointing 2015/16 campaign that stuttered towards the end of the season.
Following the departure of fellow academy product Lewis Cook to Bournemouth in a £10million deal, however, Mowatt is likely to be given more playing time this season.
Leeds’ number 10 is renowned for his long-range shooting ability, and can play on the left-wing, behind the striker or as a central midfielder.
During his time with the Leeds under-18s, youth manager and former player Richard Naylor made him captain and Mowatt lifted the Under 18 League Championship during the 2012/13 season.
In other Leeds news, this Whites star has returned to training to the delight of Leeds fans.