Club secures long-term future of Scotland international...

The club has secured the longer-term services of Ross McCormack after the player agreed a new, improved four–year contract.

The Scotland international, who has started the season in terrific fashion, scoring four goals already this term, was the subject of a number bids from rival clubs in recent weeks, but the club’s owners rebuffed the interest and moved to tie the player down with a new longer-term contract.

United chairman Salah Nooruddin said: “It’s great news that we’ve been able to reach an agreement with Ross regarding his longer-term future. We received a number of sizeable offers for the player, but we are delighted to have agreed a new contract that will see Ross remain at Leeds United.

“We are looking to build a future for the football club, and we see Ross very much as part of that future.”

Managing director David Haigh added: “The interest in Ross has been very public and I’m sure this has been unsettling for the fans. They have been chanting ‘Ross McCormack is not for sale’, and how could we ignore that? He is a key player for us, and as a football club, it is important that we do our utmost to keep our key personnel and the players we believe will take us forward.

“Ross has had a terrific start to the season and we hope that will continue.”

United manager Brian McDermott said: “I am delighted that we have managed to come to an agreement with Ross regarding his long-term future at Leeds United Football Club. I’m sure each and every Leeds fan will share my views and Ross will get a fabulous reception tomorrow.

“I would like to very much thank the owners for their support in this. They have turned down three substantial offers for him and have ensured we retain his services in what will be the peak years of his footballing life.”

Ross McCormack said: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract with the club. I’ve said all along that this club is where I want to be and where I want to play my football. My family are settled here, I love the place, and I’m looking forward to the future now.

“I’d like to thank the manager and the owners for showing faith in me, and I’d like to say a big thank-you to the fans because their support really is something special, and they are what this club is all about.”