Ireland under-21 left midfielder Aidy White has put an end to transfer speculation by signing a new three-year contract with Leeds United
The Ireland under-21 international who can play at both left-back and on the wing was linked with moves to Derby County and Celtic after a breathrough season with the Championship side, where he played 35 league games.
United manager Neil Warnock had offered him a new deal in December, and after contract discussions broke down White looked set to leave the club on a free transfer. However, White agreed terms on Friday, extending his tenure at Elland Road for another three years.
"Aidy is a young player who we have high hopes for and we're delighted he's agreed to a new deal," Warnock told the club's official website. "He's good going forward and he's good defensively, and he's a big part of our plans here."
White revealed his delight at sealing a new deal, and hinted that he might continue his more advanced role on the pitch in the coming season. "It's fantastic to get everything sorted," the 20-year-old told LeedsUnited.com. "I've been at the club since I was eight and I didn't want to leave. I came back in pre-season wanting to stay.
"I spoke to the manager who said he wanted me to stay and that we would try and get things done this week. That was a real positive and I'm looking to crack on for the season now.
"I think he sees that attacking role but also that I can play full-back if needed. He talked about my being part of his plans, which was great. He has the experience, the squad he's building is more than capable and hopefully it will be an exciting season."