By Wayne Veysey

2nd Mar, 2017 | 10:14am

Report delivers update on Monk future at Leeds, all is not what it seems

By Alex Stevens

Leeds have given themselves a safety net by a contract clause enabling them to extend Garry Monk’s deal for a further 12 months, according to a report.

Monk revealed on Wednesday afternoon that he has not opened talks with the Championship club about extending his agreement, which runs until the summer.

But the Yorkshire Evening Post claim there are some hidden details incorporated in the year-long contract that Monk signed when he was appointed last summer.

It is said that the deal, which was originally announced as a 12-month rolling contract, does indeed run to the end of this campaign but it includes “an option giving Leeds the right to extend it for a second year”.

This protects the club from the possibility of Monk being enticed from Elland Road at the end of the season.

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Nevertheless, the Yorkshire Evening Post do point out that the promotion hopefuls “are likely to seek to tie Monk to longer terms in the months ahead” following a hugely impressive campaign.

The manager has completely transformed the fortunes of the Yorkshire giants since replacing Steve Evans at the helm last June.

Monk took over a team that finished 13th last season and, despite Leeds making a net profit in the transfer market, has taken the side to unexpected heights.

Leeds are fourth in the Championship with a haul of 61 points and are well placed to secure one of the four play-off spots.

Automatic promotion is far less likely given the dominance in the division of leaders Newcastle and second-placed Brighton, who are 10 points clear of Monk’s side.

The 37-year-old admitted at his weekly media briefing on Wednesday afternoon that his future at the club beyond this summer remains up in the air.

“My contract is until the summer, but there is a lot of time between now and the end of the season,” said Monk, as quoted by the Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot. “I haven’t spoken to the club yet. I am very much focussed on the football.”

The club are next in action on Friday night when they travel to Birmingham for a league clash at St Andrews.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.

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