Leeds United offered new terms to a massive eight young players this summer, as they sought to safeguard the young talent at Elland Road while also stressing the importance of a route from the academy to the first team.
And as two of them signed their new contracts this week, Tyler Denton and Luke Parkin were vocal at how close this group of players are, in an interview with the Leeds site.
Denton said he and Luke Parkin, who also signed new terms who, alongside the fullback, originally signed for the club when they six and seven-years-old respectively, were "pretty much a family after growing up together."
The defender also said that he and Parkin went and saw Kalvin Phillips make his debut for the Whites in the 4-3 loss to Wolves in April.
"We saw Kalvin make his debut at the end of last season," he told the Leeds website. "We all go and watch their debuts, that’s how close together we are."
Likewise, striker Parkin stressed how good it was that so many of the players from the same youth sides got kept on at the club, saying: "When we first all found out, we were buzzing that we got kept on with all of us being mates."
Though Neil Redfearn has returned to the academy now Uwe Rosler is in charge, it is clear Leeds will be putting lots of faith in their young stars, and given how so many have been playing with each other for several years, it bodes very well for the future.