'Gem' - Exclusive: Whelan in awe as Leeds midfielder new deal agreed
Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds United are “doing everything right” after Stuart McKinstry committed his long-term future to the club.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is hopeful that the “gems” that are currently in the youth setup at Thorp Arch can make an impact on the first team in years to come.
The club confirmed that McKinstry, 17, had put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Elland Road 12 months after his arrival from Motherwell.
The midfielder joins fellow teammates Mateusz Bogusz, Oliver Casey, Bobby Kamwa and Alfie McCalmont who all recently committed their long-term future to the club.
Leeds have also added highly-rated defender Cody Drameh to their ranks this summer with the 18-year-old signed from Fulham in a six-figure deal.
When asked by Football Insider for his verdict on the latest youngster to commit his long-term future to the Whites, Whelan said:
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“It is great to get him tied down to a new deal.
“The club is doing everything right. It is really positive to see that these young players are being looked after.
“We are building for the future with who we have brought in from the likes of Arsenal and Fulham along the way. The club are preparing.
“We have some gems that can hopefully be polished over the next few years and then the first team can benefit from that.”
The Scotland Under-18 international can play from both the left or right flank and is confident using both feet.
McKinstry rose up the ranks at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell before making a £225,000 move to Elland Road 12 months ago.