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Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds United are in talks with Oliver Casey’s representatives over handing the defender a new contract.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 19-year-old has what it takes to make a name for himself at Elland Road past the end of the season.

The centre-back signed his first professional deal as a 17-year-old back in 2018, putting pen to paper on a contract which is set to expire this summer.

Having seen the youngster feature regularly among the first-team squad since December, Whelan believes the club will be working on getting him tied down before he becomes a free agent.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Generally, coming up to Christmas time people are in and around and you see that talent, you see that player progressing from under-23s to the first team, getting a bit of game time here and there.

“It shows that there’s a player you can trust and you can utilise. The fact he’s not put pen to paper right now, it’s going to be very, very difficult to get things sorted out while this (lockdown) is going on.

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“Players are away at home but I’m pretty sure the club are speaking to his representatives, speaking to the player over the phone or over Skype, whatever way they want to do it. To be quite honest the player will be out of the picture.

“It will be between the representatives, between the club and between the two of them they can come to some agreement because some players who have been on the fringes, been on the bench, they’ve got the capability of playing at Leeds United.” 

Casey’s only senior appearance came in a five-minute cameo back in December, replacing Mateusz Klich in a win over Huddersfield.

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