Leeds United remain hopeful that winger Jack Harrison will sign a new contract with the club.
That’s according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay, who does however, say that the fact the 26-year-old was close to a January deadline day move to Leicester, will have impacted his situation.
What is the latest on Harrison?
As things stand, Harrison’s contract with Leeds is set to expire at the end of next season, something which seemingly nearly saw him on the move late in January.
It has been reported that the winger had travelled to Leicester’s training ground on deadline day and begun a medical, only for Leeds to pull the plug on a deal at the last minute.
Since then, Harrison’s form for Leeds has dipped somewhat, despite the fact it has been suggested that he never wanted to leave Elland Road in the first place.
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What has Hay said about a new Leeds contract for Harrison?
In spite of everything that has gone on in the past few weeks, it seems as though Leeds are still working to agree a new contract with Harrison, judging by Hay’s latest comments.
Providing an update on the discussions between the club and player, the reporter told The Phil Hay Show: “What I’m not prepared to do with Harrison is accept that what happened at the end of January had no impact on him at all.
“They’re still talking about a new contract for him. Leeds are still hopeful they can get that done.
“But I don’t think you can disregard the effect of being at another club’s training ground on deadline day, and being in the mindset that you’re about to be sold, even though, as seems perfectly apparent, Harrison didn’t want to go.”
It does feel hard to argue with Hay’s assessment here.
The fact Leeds were ready to sell Harrison despite the fact he didn’t want to go, is something that will likely have been hard to take for the winger.
As a result, you can understand why his performances may have taken a dip in the interim period, even if that has come at a bad time for Leeds, considering their battle against relegation.
Even so, with the quality Harrison has shown he can produce during his time at Leeds so far, you would expect him to come past this loss of form eventually, meaning pursuing a new deal for him still makes sense.