Young Leeds United defender Sam Byram says he is delighted to extend his current deal after signing a new contract with the club.
The 19-year-old has been the find of the season for Leeds having taken his chance during pre-season and he has signed his second improved contract of the season. ‘I’m delighted to sign.
‘If someone had said I would be in this position now I wouldn’t have believed them. It’s all happened in the space of six months so it’s been relatively fast.
‘Obviously it’s nice to know that your performances have been such that people are talking about them, but I’m happy playing games,’ Byram told the official website .
The product of the Leeds United academy showed the coaching staff his capabilities during the tour of Devon and Cornwall during pre-season and he also netted against Preston North End as the club prepared for the new season.
Byram was given his first team chance on the opening weekend of the season against Shrewsbury Town after a late injury to Tom Lees and his performance saw him retain his place the following weekend for the championship opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
His early season form saw him rewarded with a new three-year deal in the days after the game with Wolves and he has continued to impress. With Premier League clubs reported to be interested in Byram, Leeds moved to offer him an improved deal, signing a contract until 2016.
Byram has also shown his versatility this season, playing both at full back and in midfield and he says he is really enjoying playing now after being nervous when he first came into the side. ‘I was really nervous at the start of the season, but I’ve settled down more now and I’m just really enjoying playing.
‘I just want to keep improving now. I’m still young and have a lot of growing to do. I’ve got lots of stuff still to learn and just want to keep on playing and trying to get better,’ he continued.
Byram is the only member of the Leeds first team squad this season to have played in all 36 games this season and his form could see him make a late push for a place in the England under 21 squad. England are competing in the European championship finals in Israel this summer and manager Stuart Pearce has watched Byram recently. England play Sweden in a friendly on February 5th and Pearce is set to name his squad later this week for the game at Walsall.
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