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LUFC Warnock - Lees has been the one bright spark

LUFC Warnock - Lees has been the one bright spark

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says young defender Tom Lees was the one bright spark after taking over as manager of Leeds towards the end of February.

Warnock is to offer the 21 year old a new and improved contract despite being under contract with the club until the summer of 2015.

The Leeds boss felt that the versatile defender improved so much during the season that he was almost the first name on the team sheet.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Warnock said, "I think Tom has been the one bright spark at the back this season. He has a lot to learn and he has made individual errors but he has improved is all round game, almost that he was the first name on the team sheet, so I cannot give him a bigger compliment than that.

"I have told Tom that there will be a lot of competition for places next season because I am looking to bring in defenders."

The academy product cut his teeth in professional football with season long loans with Accrington Stanley and Bury.

Lees made 46 appearances for Stanley during the 2009/10 season, where their manager described him as the best right full back in League Two.

His spell at Stanley earned him a new two-year deal at Elland Road.

The following season he joined Bury and he was an integral part of the side that won promotion from League Two. Lees made 50 appearances for Bury, where he also scored four goals, including the goal that won them promotion at Chesterfield.

Lees made 45 appearances this season after making his debut for the club in the Carling Cup win over Bradford City back in August.

His early season form for Leeds earned him a new and improved contract, keeping him at Elland Road until the summer of 2015.

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Date:Thursday May 3 2012
Time: 2:25PM

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