Noel Whelan says it is “brilliant to see” Leeds United youngster Jack Jenkins put pen to paper on a new contract at Elland Road.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says it is important the board reward promising youngsters as they have done this season.
The Whites confirmed on Thursday that Jenkins had agreed an extension until 2023, joining the likes of Bryce Hosannah, Pascal Struijk and Kun Temenuzhkov in committing their futures to the club.
Whelan says everyone wants to see homegrown talents breaking through the youth system and questioned why any of them would not want to tie themselves down at Elland Road.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I don’t think the club would hand out a contract willy-nilly to any young player unless they feels they can develop into something special and have a contribution to offer to the manager in the first team.
“It’s brilliant to see that the club are doing that, everyone wants to see the homegrown and young lads come through the academies and into the first-team. It’s just another plus and who wouldn’t want to be at Leeds United at the minute?
“Everything at the minute seems to be going very, very positive direction. The club are doing the right things in rewarding these new contracts to young players.”
Leeds’ under-23 side won the Professional Development League last season, finishing top of the North Division table before seeing off Birmingham City on penalties to win the national title.
Jenkins has been a regular for the under-23s this term, with eight appearances for Carlos Corberan’s men.