Leeds United have done some superb work to tie down several of the club's best younger players.
Massimo Cellino’s return to Leeds United was always going to bring with it a certain degree of uncertainty.
His first press conference back at the club was bizarre and seemed to create more questions than answers.
However, with Uwe Rosler now installed as head coach, fans are starting to get a better idea of what the future is going to look like.
Arguably the biggest positive, which has been struck since the Italian returned is the proactive way Leeds have gone about tying down the younger players on new contracts.
It prevents Rosler potentially having to go deep into the roots of the club to find ways he can revitalise the youth section, had some of the club’s best youngsters been poached.
There is no doubt over the good work that Neil Redfearn did with the youth system at Elland Road and replacing him as head coach created worry over the way the youngsters may react in terms of their association with the club.
Contracts signed, 8 down, 3to go Purver☑ Skelton☑ Parkin☑ Lyman☑ Mulhern☑ Peacock-Farrell☑ Denton☑️ Phillips☑️ Coyle Grimes Walters #lufc— Russ (@_sportscoverage) June 5, 2015
Fortunately, it’s an area where Rosler seems to be very clear on the importance of the younger players and with the likes of Luke Parkin and Kalvin Phillips signed up, the manager will have extra first team options to draw on next season.
One of the things, which makes Leeds such a proud team is the way that the club’s younger players have recently graduated into the first team with the likes of Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook all good examples of what can be achieved with hard work.
Lewie Coyle, Eric Grimes and Lewis Walters are among the group still awaiting news over their futures but a very clear and positive trend is emerging at Leeds, which can hopefully be backed up with some good experience and sensible investment in the transfer market.
Younger players thrive on confidence and they will benefit from the continuity the club are looking to develop with a specific set of players, who could form the next generation of the Leeds first team.