By Dominic Toner
Leeds starlet Mallik Wilks has signed a two-year professional contract, it was announced on Friday morning.
The Whites announced on their official website that the 18-year-old has agreed a deal which is set to expire at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Wilks has impressed in the club’s youth set-up this season, making a combined total of 16 appearances for the Under-18s and Under-23s.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 30, 2016
The forward has caught the attention of senior manager Garry Monk this season and was named on the bench against Reading in the Championship.
He has become the latest academy star to break into the first team, following in the footsteps of Ronaldo Vieria, Charlie Taylor and Kalvin Phillips this season.
Wilks will now be working towards making his senior debut for Leeds and a FA Cup tie against Cambridge in January could be a potential target for him.
The youngster is now set to rival the likes of first-team players Chris Wood, Souleymane Doukara and Marcus Antonsson for a position in the squad.
Leeds boss Monk has shown a desire to include young players at Elland Road and that is something that has gone down well with supporters.
He will hope that he has unearthed the next rising star in Mallik and fans will be keeping a close eye on the 18-year-old.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are set to sign an international ace at the start of next week.