Eunan O’Kane comments on long-term Leeds United future

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Eunan O’Kane is an important player for Leeds United.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United and Charlie Mulgrew during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on February 1, 2017 in Blackburn, England

Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that he is happy at the club.

O’Kane joined Leeds from Bournemouth in the summer of 2016 and has established himself as an important player for the Whites.

The 27-year-old midfielder was rewarded with a new four-year contract by the West Yorkshire outfit in August 2017 which will see him remain at Elland Road until the end of the 2020-21 season.

The Republic of Ireland international has stated that he is happy at Leeds and has commented on his long-term future at Elland Road.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United is tackled by Che Adams of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on March 3,...

O’Kane told The Yorkshire Evening Post when asked if he could see himself finishing his career at Leeds: “I don’t want to talk about finishing my career yet! I still feel quite young!

“But of course I was more than happy to commit my future here and I hope that after the current contract that I have signed I still have a few more years left in me.

“It’s not even anywhere near the time to be talking about it but I love the place, I love the city, my wife is happy here, she enjoys it and we are in the process of buying a house. I’m more than prepared to put some roots down here and settle for a while.”

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United and Elliott Bennett of Blackburn Rovers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on February 1,...

O’Kane is 27 years of age at the moment, and it is way too early for him to even consider the prospect of retirement at the moment.

While many Leeds fans will want the midfielder to remain at the club until the day he hangs up his boots, in football long-term planning does not always work.

Things could change very drastically very soon. What is important is that for now O’Kane is happy at Leeds and plays well for the Whites.

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