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Noel Whelan says keeping Neil Redfearn will be Leeds United's best summer signing

A one-time Leeds United star believes the club have just completed some wonderful business.

Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan has responded to reports that Neil Redfearn will remain at Elland Road next season, despite being replaced as manager by Uwe Rosler last month.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Redfearn has confirmed that he will take up the club’s offer of returning to his former role as head of the academy, where he enjoyed much success prior to taking the managerial reins last season.

The news comes as a huge boost to Leeds and their supporters, who know just how vital Redfearn is in the development of their young players.

He gave plenty of those a chance during his brief spell in charge and he will now be looking to develop the next batch of teenage talent so they can follow the likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor into the first-team next season and beyond.

Writing on Twitter following the initial reports, Whelan said, “If we get Redders to stay with Leeds United (it) will be the best signing all season for the future of our young players progressing thro (sic) our club.”

It certainly will, with Redfearn having a great understanding of young talent and his somewhat surprising decision to stay – given his recent treatment – more good news for a club that may soon be getting used to such things.

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