Midfielder praises Garry Monk, reveals he has agreed Leeds deal due to new boss

By Harvey Byrne

Kalvin Phillips has revealed that Garry Monk’s track record with young players was key to him agreeing a new Leeds contact.

The Championship club announced on Thursday that the 20-year-old midfielder has committed to a three-year deal, replacing the agreement which was due to expire next summer.

Phillips was rarely used during the 2015-16 campaign, playing three times under former manager Uwe Rosler and seven times under the recently departed Steve Evans.

However, new manager Monk wants the youngster to be a part of his squad and has sanctioned a fresh deal for the youngster.

Phillips has explained how the former Swansea manager was instrumental in him penning new Leeds terms.

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“I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and that he’s good with young players,” the central midfielder told the official Leeds website. “He’s obviously a good manager who has managed at the highest level.

“I’m buzzing. It’s a great achievement for me and my family. I’m just happy that the gaffer’s got trust and belief in me.”

The Leeds players are preparing to begin the fight for places with Monk due to welcome them back to Thorp Arch for pre-season training next week.

Phillips added to the Leeds website: “Personally, I want to do better than last season and get more game time. I want to be playing consistently and perform well when I get the chance. I’ll be working as hard as I can to get that opportunity.”

Despite Phillips’ new contract, Football Insider has reported that Leeds are leaving the door open for another move for Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

If the Yorkshire giants are able to secure the signing of the Sunderland midfielder then that will be further competition for the Leeds youth graduate to face during the 2016-17 campaign.

In other Leeds news, Kemar Roofe has been slapped with a £3million price tag – which could reportedly end the club’s pursuit of the prolific striker.