Defender delighted to extend Leeds United stay

Scott Wootton has spoken of his delight at signing a new contract at Leeds United which is designed to keep him at the club until the summer of 2017.

The 23-year-old initially joined the Elland Road club from rivals Manchester United in 2013, having failed to make the grade at Old Trafford. A former youth team player at Liverpool, Wootton found regular first team football with a series of loan moves whilst he was trying to convince Sir Alex Ferguson of his talents, at Tranmere Rovers, Peterborough United (twice) and Nottingham Forest.

Leeds offered him the chance of a permanent move when they had a bid of £1million accepted for his signature, but he made just 20 appearances in the Championship during his debut season. And when he started this term down the pecking order he was sent on loan to Rotherham United, but since his return he has won a place in Neil Redfearn’s starting XI in a right fullback position.

“I’m very pleased, I’m delighted to have signed a contract extension – everything’s going very well at the minute,” Wootton, who was already under contract until 2016, told the club’s official website. “I was on loan, playing week-in, week out at Rotherham United, which I really enjoyed. I never expected it to turn around like it has and that is one of the reasons why I’m extra pleased.

“I got a run in the side last season before I picked up an injury at Charlton Athletic and I don’t think you can get to your best by playing a couple of games here and there. It’s difficult when you’re not getting a run in the side, but hopefully I’ll stay there from now until the end of the season. I’ve played the last seven games and hopefully that will continue – then you’ll start to see the best of me.”

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