Garry Monk: This Leeds player once panned by fans deserves a new contract

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk has insisted that Rob Green fully “deserves” the new contract he has been given by the club.

The Yorkshire giants announced on their official website on Saturday evening that the goalkeeper, 37, has signed a 12-month extension to his current deal, which was due to expire in the summer.

Leeds revealed that Green will remain at the club until June 2018 after triggering an appearance-related clause in the contract that he signed when he joined on a free transfer last summer.

Manager Monk delivered a ringing endorsement of the goalkeeper in the wake of his side’s 2-0 Championship win against Brighton on Saturday.

“Rob Green has been excellent, along with all of them,” said Monk to BBC Radio Leeds’ live match coverage on Saturday evening in the immediate aftermath of the game. “His experience and the way he is, the example he sets – he deserves that [new deal] and we’re all delighted for him.”

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Green has started all 38 of Leeds’ Championship encounters this season and kept his 14th clean sheet of the campaign as they defeated the second-placed Seagulls at Elland Road.

The keeper was hailed by former Elland Road striker Noel Whelan as one of the two outstanding players in the Leeds team that caused an upset.

Football Insider revealed on Saturday morning that Green had secured a fresh Leeds contract after evidence came to light in new documents registered with the Football Association on 23 February.

Green has won over the Leeds fans who almost universally panned him in the early months of the campaign following his arrival on a free transfer.

The goalkeeper made some high profile blunders and many supporters questioned whether the one-time England international was an upgrade on Marco Silvestri, the man he had replaced between the sticks as the first choice.

But former Norwich, West Ham and QPR goalkeeper Green has been outstanding in recent months, with his vast experience and calm presence integral to the team’s continued good form.

Leeds go into the international break fourth in the Championship and well placed to secured a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

In other Leeds transfer news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.

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