Full-back signs contract extension to keep him at Elland Road until 2018...

We are delighted to announce that full-back Gaetano Berardi has signed a two-year contract extension with the club.

Berardi’s deal was due to expire in the summer but he has now committed his future to Elland Road until 2018.

The 27-year-old, a summer 2014 signing from Italian outfit Sampdoria, has been a regular fixture in the side so far this season, featuring in eight of our opening nine fixtures before being rested for Saturday’s victory at MK Dons.

Berardi, who is comfortable playing at right or left back, has established himself as a popular figure among supporters with his committed, all-action displays in defence.

He featured 24 times in all competitions during his debut season at the club after nailing down a place in the team following the turn of the year.

“I’m very happy here," Berardi said. “The city and everything is very good.

“We are a team this season after many changes last season. We are a very good group together - that is important.

“Last season the first two or three months were difficult for me and for the other new players.

“This time I started the pre-season and that is very important.  My body is better and I feel fitter.

“I have been playing right-back, which is my position. We are playing well with the full-backs in every game.

“I hope to stay in this position through hard work every day and hard work every match.”