Report: Leeds open talks with teen sensation; decision expected within weeks
By Alex Stevens
Bailey Peacock-Farrell is weighing up the offer of a new Leeds contract with a decision expected within weeks, according to a report.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper’s current 12-month deal, his first in professional footballl, expires at the end of the season.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are in talks with Peacock-Farrell and his representatives about a two-year contract that would tie him to Elland Road until the summer of 2018.
It is said the teenager’s decision will be based upon his playing prospects, including whether he gets a chance in the final two matches of the season.
Manager Steve Evans has said he is considering whether to hand Peacock-Farrell his second senior appearance in Saturday’s Championship game against relegated Charlton.
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The Academy graduate has been understudy to established No1 Marco Silvestri since November, after Leeds lost Ross Turnbull to a broken ankle and allowed USA Under-23 international Charlie Horton to return to America for family reasons.
Peacock-Farrell was given his senior debut against Queens Park Rangers earlier this month after Silvestri was ruled out of that fixture by suspension.
“He’ll hopefully get involved to start a game before the end of the season,” Evans said.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Turnbull is still recovering from his ankle injury, but he has another 12 months on his deal and should be fit for the start of pre-season training in July.
Silvestri, meanwhile, is two seasons into a four-year contract and has been established firmly as first choice since moving to England from Chievo in 2014.
In other Leeds news, the team are aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five matches as they seek a top-ten league finish.
Evans’ side are 12th in the table following last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Hull.