Reliable Leeds journalist gives update on contract of on-loan star defender

By Alex Stevens

Kyle Bartley’s season-long loan deal with Leeds is unlikely to include a recall clause, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay gave an update on Bartley’s situation as he addressed the possibility that the defender’s parent club Swansea could trigger an option to take him back at some point during the season.

Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that he “very much doubts” the centre-back’s deal includes a recall clause.

Bartley has made an impressive start to his Leeds career after completing a loan transfer on 1 July, the same day it was announced that he had signed a new Swansea contract that runs until the summer of 2018.

The 25-year-old has started all 11 of the Yorkshire club’s league matches and has formed an increasingly impressive partnership at the back with fellow loanee Pontus Jansson.

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Both players have leaped above Liam Cooper in the centre-back pecking order at Elland Road, and their arrival contributed to the departure of ex-skipper Sol Bamba the day after the transfer window closed.

Leeds beat Barnsley 2-1 on Saturday to climb into the top half of the Championship for the first time this season.

Monk’s side are 11th in the table after securing their fifth win from six matches in all competitions, and their fourth in five league encounters.

In other Leeds team news, this is what Sky pundit Ian Holloway predicted ahead of the team’s clash against Barnsley.