Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has offered an explanation as to why various contracts haven't already been dealt with.
Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has been quoted by BBC West Yorkshire Sport explaining why contracts related to key individuals at the club won’t be dealt with until the end of the season.
There are questions hanging over the futures of some players and staff, with Neil Redfearn set to have his position reviewed along with some of his players such as Rodolph Austin.
It may seem confusing to some fans why the club is waiting around to tie down key individuals, but Umbers has offered up a reasonable and sensible explanation.
“All Contracts are going to be dealt with at the end of the season so as to avoid any distraction or loss of focus,” said Umbers.
On the one hand, there will be some paranoia from fans and people at the club over who may and may not get a new deal at the end of this season.
It’s arguably easier for any team looking to poach a player in question, if their deal is about to expire because it means they don’t have to pay a fee and it makes it easier to talk to them.
It’s also confusing considering the impact Neil Redfearn has already had with the team.
On the other hand, it makes sense to wait until Leeds have played their final game of the Championship season.
It may be the case that there’s no anxiety or worry that certain players and the boss won’t sign a new deal and hence, there’s no harm in waiting.
Throwing new deals at players and the boss now could cause a little unrest in the playing squad, when the team are still battling for position in the table.
It will be interesting to see who signs on the dotted line this summer.