Leeds United full-back Luke Ayling has had his contract extended until the summer of 2024, the club have announced.
This was made possible due to a clause written into the 31-year-old’s contract which gave the club the option to extend his contract for a year.
Ayling’s contract was originally due to expire this summer, but this extension will see him remain at Leeds until summer 2024.
Ayling is vice-captain of the Whites and is well regarded amongst the supporters. He has made 237 appearances for the Yorkshire club, and will always be fondly remembered as a member of the side who secured promotion to the Premier League from the Championship in the 2019/20 season.
He has managed to wrestle back a place in the Leeds XI from summer signing Rasmus Kristensen, as he has started the last seven matches at right-back for the Whites. Before the World Cup break, he had started just one league game.
Speaking about the extension, Ayling said:
“All my focus is on Leeds United staying in the Premier League this season, but it goes without saying that I love this football club and I am delighted to extend my stay into next year.
“I want to thank our fans for their continued support as well as my teammates and everyone connected with the club.”
Director of football Victor Orta was also quick to praise Ayling’s overall impact on the side:
“Luke fully deserves his extension, he remains a key member of the team and his impact off the field is immeasurable.
“Luke is a leader, as well as being a top Premier League footballer.”