By Noel Whelan

28th Mar, 2020 | 8:00am

Leeds Exclusive: Whelan instant reaction as drastic end-of-season plans leaked

Noel Whelan has claimed FIFA’s plans to extend player contracts until the current season is completed would be a welcome relief for Leeds United. 

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists keeping squads the same until the season can be completed is “imperative”.

As reported by Football Insider, a leaked FIFA document cites the pandemic as ‘Force majeure’ – an unforeseen set of circumstances which prevents contracts being fulfilled as usual.

The proposal would mean that loan signings such as Ben White, Jack Harrison and Jean-Kevin Augustin would remain at Elland Road past June 30, when their loan deals are set to expire, until the season is completed.

Whelan says that it would only be right that players remain with their current clubs until the campaign is over, suggesting some stability is needed in this uncertain time.

Asked if FIFA’s prospective plans would be a relief to Leeds, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, absolutely. I think it’s imperative that we keep the squad healthy and in a good frame of mind and the right numbers.

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“We’ve got the numbers, we’ve got the players that we wanted and fit or not, this is giving them the opportunity to get fit, get into a good frame of mind and finish the season off whenever that takes place and starts again.

“This is a chance for a lot of clubs, not just for Leeds United.” 

Leeds have five loanees on their books at present, with White, Harrison and Augustin joined by Illan Meslier and Helder Costa.

The Whites also face a potential issue with Gaetano Berardi, with the Swiss star set to be out of contract this summer.

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