Johnson keen to sort future
Bradley Johnson is hoping to resolve his long-term future at Leeds United sooner rather than later.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 27/09/10 11:14am
Leeds United midfielder Bradley Johnson is hoping to resolve his long-term future at Elland Road sooner rather than later.
Johnson and co have made a fine start to the Championship season following promotion, with the 23-year-old playing a key role.
He scored the winner in Saturday's Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United while he also netted at home against Swansea.
The ex-Brighton and Northampton man is out of contract at the end of the season, although the club are in talks over a new deal.
Johnson loves the club, city and fans and is hoping to extend his Leeds stay rather than look to play his football elsewhere.
"My representative is talking to the club," he told skysports.com. "It's taking a while. I just want to get it done.
"I'm happy here. I love the club. I've had a great two-and-a-half years here. It's a massive club.
"I love the city and fans and I'd just like to get my deal sorted out as soon as possible.
"As soon as I get my deal sorted, I can knuckle down, concentrate and don't have to worry where I'll be.
"I just want to help the club get back to where it should be and that's in the Premier League."
Leeds have made an impressive start to life back in the Championship and Johnson has been surprised by their bright start.
However, he knows his team-mates are desperate to impress following promotion and will fight tooth and nail for every point.
"We're a young team," he continued. "We're hungry and we proved on Saturday our work-rate having played out the 90 minutes.
"Every player in this team wants to play in the Championship. We've got our chance and we're taking it.
"We didn't expect to do this well. But we're taking every game as it comes, working hard and things are paying off."
Johnson scored seven times last season, although none came after October and he is delighted to be back among the goals of late.
The industrious schemer played in central midfield against the Blades and hopes he can retain that position going forward.
"I didn't score after October. It's nice to get goals under my belt and play in my natural position.
"I started in central midfield on Saturday and hopefully I can keep that place. I enjoyed it in the middle.
"I'm a box-to-box play. I can get up and down the pitch and proved that with my goal on Saturday."