Leeds United have confirmed that they triggered a clause to keep Luke Ayling beyond the summer.
The 31-year-old had just six months left on his original deal, but he will remain at Elland Road until 2024.
Ayling joined Leeds from Bristol City in 2016 and has established himself as a key player.
The right-back has featured in over 230 games for the west Yorkshire club. He played a key role when they secured promotion in 2020 and has helped keep them up.
Ayling initially lost his spot to summer signing Rasmus Kristensen earlier this term. The Englishman started just one league game before the World Cup break.
However, he has been in the line-up in the last seven and is unlikely to give up his place.
Ayling has made 17 appearances for Leeds this season in all competitions, with an assist to his name.
He featured in all 38 league games in the club’s first season back in the Premier League.
The Whites are fighting to hold on to their top-flight status, and Ayling remains important to their plans.
The Leeds vice-captain is a leader on and off the pitch, and his influence has been crucial.
The former Yeovil Town full-back has shown no signs of slowing down yet. He could even get a new deal beyond 2024 if he keeps impressing.
His versatility is useful as he can play as a centre-back. Ayling will continue to give his all in the Leeds shirt and hope to lead them to safety.
The club are currently 17th in the Premier League after 22 games, with only a point between them and the drop zone.
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