Leeds youngster Jack Vann sets target for next season and explains why United's latest crop of youngsters are confident about their Elland Road futures

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The defender has just signed his first professional contract with the Championship club.

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Jack Vann has told Leeds United's official website that he is hoping to push to start training with the first-team next season after agreeing his first professional contract with the club.

The 18-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Whites after spending a decade coming through the youth ranks at Elland Road. 

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And having watched the likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt go on to become first-team regulars after coming through the system, Vann has explained that the next crop of youngsters can move up to the next level confident that the pathway to Garry Monk's side is out in front of them.

"Next season I'm looking to get some solid game time and play week-in, week-out, but the aim is always to get near to the first team and be around them in training," he told the club's official website.

"We’ve had quite a lot of players progress through the Academy and that gives us hope that it could be our time soon."

Alex Mowatt (R) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Leeds United

With the prospect making 40 appearances for the youth teams this past season, Vann should arguably be one of the players that Monk may be looking to bring into the first-team fold next season.

Following Scott Wootton's departure, Leeds have just Liam Cooper, Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci to pick from at the heart of the defence currently. And with the latter of the trio being linked with a possible summer switch to Empoli (via Yorkshire Post), it appears that central defence is one of the areas that Monk will have to strengthen.

And as the former Swansea boss played in Vann's position during his playing days, the youngster arguably has the perfect mentor to help him deliver on his obvious potential. 

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