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Tyler Denton insists he's ready to play for Leeds United's first-team

General view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds United

Tyler Denton penned a new one-year contract at Leeds United earlier today.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Tyler Denton has told Leeds United’s official site that he feels he is ready for a place in Garry Monk’s first-team.

Denton signed a new one-year contract at Elland Road earlier today, after some doubts had emerged over his future.

Denton’s contract was due to expire in the coming weeks, but he has been offered the chance to impress by Garry Monk.

And the young defender said: “It’s a really proud moment for me and my family,” Denton told leedsunited.com after putting pen to paper.

“I played every game for the Under-21s last season, which was a bonus for me.

“I felt as though I was pushing towards the first team but obviously Charlie [Taylor's] a great player in that position – I’ve learnt a lot from him over the last few years.

Brentford's Akaki Gogia in action with Leeds United's Charlie Taylor

“I work to be in the first team and putting pressure on Charlie. If that chance comes, I feel like I would be ready.”

Denton is yet to make his first team debut for Leeds, but he did impress in the development squad last term.

The 20-year-old was one of Leeds’ most consistent performers for the under-21’s, but breaking into the first team will be difficult.

Denton has the daunting task of trying to force Charlie Taylor out of the Whites’ starting line-up.

Taylor was arguably Leeds’ most impressive performer last term, and he looks set to play a key role under Monk.

Leeds’ pre-season schedule started today, with Denton training with the first team squad.

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

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