Michael Brown has revealed his delight after Jamie Shackleton signed a new long-term contract at Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites midfielder insists it is “perfect” that the club are tying down their brightest young talents.
Leeds announced last week that the 20-year-old, who first joined the Whites at seven-years-old, had put pen to paper on a new four-year deal that includes a significant pay hike.
✍️ #LUFC are delighted to announce Jamie Shackleton has agreed a four-year deal with the club
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 12, 2020
Shackleton enjoyed a bright end to the 2019/20 season as he scored his first two goals for Leeds against Charlton and Derby.
Brown insists it is important for players to have that “peace of mind” and that the young midfielder can now focus on making the ideal start to next season.
Brown told Football Insider: “It was a good end to the season, he got his minutes so yeah, perfect, that’s what you want.
“Signing these contracts, it’s that peace of mind and just knowing they’re part of the history as the club’s developing, they’re going in the right direction.
“Obviously they’re back working now, imagine how much running they’re doing, and the coaching will be key for them – that’ll be there in abundance, they’ll know what he brings and hopefully he can have a good start in the Premier League.”
Shackleton already has 48 appearances under his belt for Leeds, although most of those came as a substitute.
He featured 24 times across all competitions last season, with just five league starts among those outings.
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