A young Leeds United player must impress enough next season to earn a contract extension with his current deal soon to expire.
With a new manager in charge in the form of Uwe Rosler, this summer is sure to be an interesting one at Leeds United.
After all, the club will be targeting promotion back to the Premier League and will be looking to recruit accordingly, while Rosler is also sure to be excited to start working with the club’s vast array of exciting young talent.
But while the likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram gear up for another season of first-team football, there are some Leeds youngsters who will know the next 12 months will be make-or-break for their Elland Road careers.
One of those is defender Ross Killock, who has just 12 months remaining on his current deal.
In short, that means he has to impress Rosler – and owner Massimo Cellino – enough in the coming year to ensure he earns a new deal next summer. The problem is, just how often will he feature?
The 20-year-old is a centre-back who can also play as a right-back or a central midfielder if required, but despite that versatility he is yet to make his senior debut for the club and he may struggle to do so next season.
Rosler currently has Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci as his first-choice centre-backs with Scott Wootton also an option. Then there is the prospect of loanee Sol Bamba signing permanently, with the Yorkshire Evening Post suggesting that is still a possibility.
Add to that the possibility of Rosler bringing in defensive reinforcements and the simple fact is Killock is unlikely to get much, if any, game-time.
He could still impress enough for Leeds’ under-21s to earn a new deal, but having seen so many young prospects leave this summer Killock will know just how vital the next year is in ensuring he does not ultimately follow them out the door.