Yesterday saw Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell sign a new two-year deal to remain at Elland Road for the foreseeable future.
“We’ve got a new manager in and he’s a big name. He’ll bring his own views and takes on progressing the team and taking steps forward. It will be great to be a part of it.
“It was a nice touch for him to come down and take the time out to come and say ‘hello’. It’s great to have that.
“Now that he’s in, we can prepare for pre-season and where we’re going to go. He can do his own thing regarding players and hopefully things will start to move forward now.”
His comments show that Leeds must strike while the iron is hot in order to tie down their other big talents to new deals.
The club currently have Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt about to enter the final year of their respective contracts at the club – leaving Leeds in the undesirable position they found themselves with Sam Byram this time last year.
With the club clearly unstable Byram refused to commit to a new deal and in the end Leeds had to sell him to West Ham.
But right now there is a feel-good factor at Leeds United and the club must take advantage of that.
The players are likely still on break but with Monk’s arrival Leeds can ride the crest of a wave and tie down all three talents to new deals in the coming weeks.
If they leave it any longer the latest crisis is bound to creep up on the club and their talented trio might decide they are better off somewhere else.
Leeds should never have got themselves into the position in the first place, but if they act right now then surely they can avert disaster.