Leeds to extend Garry Monk's contract by a further 12 months

Garry Monk during the Sky Bet Championship match against Newcastle United at St James' Park
Image: Leeds are set to extend Garry Monk's deal at the club by a further 12 months

Leeds are set to exercise an option to extend head coach Garry Monk's contract by a further 12 months, according to Sky sources.

The 38-year-old, whose current contract at Elland Road expires this summer, has been linked in the national press with the vacant managerial positions at Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Monk revealed following his side's 1-1 draw with Wigan on the final day of the season that he would hold talks with the club's owners over his future, and insisted preparations for next campaign must be well thought out.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Wigan and Leeds

"We need a clear plan and we need to build on the foundations and progression made this season," Monk said.

"You have seen this season how competitive the Championship is and it is only going to get tougher, so we have to be ready."

Monk was appointed Leeds boss last summer following the sacking of Steve Evans and enjoyed a positive first campaign at the club.

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at St Andrews, Birmingham.
Image: Leeds forward Chris Wood scored 30 goals during the 2016-17 season

Leeds had looked on course to secure a place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, but no win from their last four matches saw them drop out of contention and ultimately finish in seventh spot.

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Monk won 22 of his 46 league matches as Leeds registered their highest finish since the 2010-11 season.

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