Neil Kilkenny has stated his desire to extend his contract at Elland Road. The Australian international is one of a number of players out of contract at the end of the season, but told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he wished to sign a new deal as soon as possible.
The midfielder has been a key part of the sides recent unbeaten run and said: “I really want to stay here and fell honoured to play for the club…Hopefully the club can sort something out.” Kilkenny’s selection for Australia’s initial 50 man squad for the Asian Cup in Qatar, but the 25 year-old wouldn’t be too disappointed in missing the cut for the final 23 man squad, as his participation in the tournament would mean him missing the FA Cup tie at Arsenal on January 8th.
He started his career at the London club and admitted: “It’s (Arsenal) a special one for me, although I don’t know if I’ll be playing yet because I may be going away with Australia. So I don’t know yet. It would be a choker to miss that but, at the end of the day, it’s an honour to represent my country. But obviously I want to play for Leeds as well.”
Grayson snubbed Prem job.
United manager Simon Grayson turned down the opportunity to manage in the Premier League last season, according to club chairman Ken Bates.
Grayson was heavily linked to the Burnley job last season, following Owen Coyle’s departure to Burnley but Bates told Sky Sports News: “He was approached and offered a job on a much bigger salary, in the Premiership, over a year ago and he said, ‘I came to Leeds to do a job and I’m going to finish it’. If he manages in the Premiership he wants it to be with Leeds.”.
Bates was talking almost two years to the day since Grayson took over from Gary McAllister in the Elland Road hot-seat.
2-2 friendly result.
Leeds United drew 2-2 with Rochdale in a behind closed doors friendly at Elland Road on Tuesday.
With the first XI showing very few changes in the recent unbeaten run, the match gave the fringe players the chance to retain match sharpness. Ross McCormack netted two goals in a very strong line-up which included Sanchez Watt, Lloyd Sam, Davide Somma and Billy Paynter. United reserve team manager Neil Redfearn told the clubs website: “It was a good work out for the lads. Rochdale sent over a strong team and it was a good exercise for everyone…It’s an important part of our preparations for Christmas that we could get the lads some time on the pitch.”
Leeds face fixtures at Leicester and at home to Portsmouth and Middlesbrough over the festive period.