Noel Whelan has applauded the Leeds United board for tying down a number of starlets to new contracts and says that it will entice other players to join the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the Whites insists it is important for the top brass at Elland Road to protect their “assets” and that they have done that this week.

Leeds confirmed on Tuesday that a trio of under-23 players – Bryce Hosannah, Pascal Struijk and Kun Temenuzhkov – had put pen to paper on extending their deals at Elland Road, having emerged as regulars for the development squad in Yorkshire.

Whelan says that it is important the board rewards players, whether first-team or otherwise, for their performances and that it will help convince new players to join the club by showing their efforts will earn them a new deal.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Everything you talk about a football club running smoothly and doing things the right way, Leeds United are doing.

“In doing so, it entices other players to come to the football club, to sign for Leeds United because you know it’s being run in the right way, in the right manner. Compliments to Mr Chairman (Andrea Radrizzani), the board and everyone who works in those contract deals, Angus Kinnear, that we protect our assets.

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“Even though they’re young and not first-team players, they are assets for the future. That’s what you’ve got to think about.”

Leeds have handed out a number of new deals this season with first-team stars Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas and Liam Cooper all committing to long-term contracts at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal that Radrizzani has given the green light for the club to seal a new deal at Elland Road.