Danny Mills hailed Leeds United after they tied down another one of their “very talented” young players in Stuart McKinstry down to a new long-term contract.

The former Whites and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, stressed the importance of “protecting the future” to maintain the self-sufficiency of the club’s finances.

Leeds 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.

Last season, McKinstry made 14 appearances for the Under-18s and then stepped up to the Under-23s where he scored two goals in seven outings.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the news, Mills said:

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“It is sensible business from Leeds. He is a very talented young player and it is important to protect the future.

“It is not necessarily just for now, it is about what these players might become at not only Leeds but other club. It is often about sell-on value, you have to fund yourselves quite a lot in this day and age. If you have good, young talent, and you nurture them, you can sell them on for a significant money later on even if they do not quite make it at your football club.”

McKinstry, who is a Scotland Under-18 international, can play from the left or right hand side of midfield and is confident using both feet.

He rose up the ranks at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell before making a £225,000 move to Elland Road in the summer of 2019.

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