Following a few weeks of disappointment, Leeds United fans received some good news from the club.
Luke Ayling, who has become a favourite at Elland Road, has signed a new four-year contract until 2021.
✍️ Leeds United are delighted to announce that defender Luke Ayling has signed a new contract with #LUFC
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 19, 2017
The 26-year-old full-back only joined the club in the summer of 2016, signing from Bristol City, but he has already made himself a crucial member of the squad and has even captained the team on occasion.
In total, Ayling has made 58 appearances in all competitions for the Whites, and he has established himself as a regular for manager Thomas Christiansen given that he has started every game so far this season.
Not only has the Englishman been pivotal in the Championship, he has also played in all three Carabao Cup matches.
Leeds had a blistering start to the campaign by going on a seven-game unbeaten run in the league and they kept six consecutive clean sheets in that period.
However, the Whites are currently in a dip having lost their last three games on the trot, which has dropped them to sixth in the standings.
The club are only six points adrift of leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the recent run has slightly affected the mood of some fans.
News about Ayling committing his future to Leeds, though, has certainly perked them up.
— Jordan (@Jordan_Doherty) October 19, 2017
— Helen Walker (@hellsbelles92) October 19, 2017
It a good news day!
Another massive ✅ for #lufc
Now let's get back to winning!
— TwiterWhites (@Twiterwhites) October 19, 2017
Let’s now follow this up with back to back win #lufc .. great news
— DavidK (@DavidKershaw7) October 19, 2017
yep @lukeayling_8 I like this a lot!
— dave (@Davee8989) October 19, 2017
— Wayne (@waynelufc1) October 19, 2017
Hopefully the new contract & stability for the future helps him rediscover his form again, been one of the best signing in a very long time
— James (@YokshireJAMES) October 19, 2017
— ⚽️ (@Teesside_White) October 19, 2017
Best player by a mile this season. Great news!!
— Keith Larkin (@Klarkin01) October 19, 2017
Congratulations Luke well deserved MOT.
— Roger Cartwright (@rogercart57) October 19, 2017
Excellent – most solid player we have 👍🏻
— lufc_rockstar (@lufc_rockstar) October 19, 2017