By Harry Sykes

Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy has signed a new contract with the club, it was announced on Thursday.

The Championship leaders announced on their official website and Twitter account that the 21-year-old enforcer has penned a four-year deal.

It will keep him at Leeds until the summer of 2021.

The centre-back has made a considerable impression on new manager Thomas Christiansen after he joined United from Reading in September of last year.

The former Republic of Ireland international has played six times this season after making his debut in the opening-day league win over Bolton.

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Shaughnessy has started the last two matches but senior centre-back trio Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington are set to be available for Saturday’s home clash against Ipswich.

Even if he drops out of the side, the future appears bright for the rising star.

Academy boss Adam Underwood told the official club website: “I’m delighted for Conor, he is a hard-working, talented and versatile footballer who has an excellent attitude and work ethic.”

In other Leeds United news, a 26-year-old Monk mainstay is fighting for his Elland Road career after recent developments.

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