Leeds United have tonight announced that current first team goalkeeper, and former England international, Rob Green has signed a new contract extending his time at Elland Road by a further 12 months.
Rob joined United on a free transfer following the expiry of his QPR contract, a club which he spent four years at- racking up 121 appearances. He signed a one year contract at the beginning of the season and fitted straight in at United replacing goalkeeper Marco Silvestri as number one; and has since made 37 appearances between the sticks this season. Green had a tough start to the season, making his debut for The Whites in a 2-0 away loss to previous club QPR. His performance was questioned, after an error led to the first goal conceded in Leeds’ 2016/17 season after a poor team display at Loftus Road.
However, Greens performances have improved as the season has gone on; despite the former West Ham man being 37 years of age. Crucial saves during the season have helped United climb the Championship table, and the recent Sheffield Wednesday penalty save to secure a 1-0 victory shows that Rob still is a top class goalkeeper.
The 12 month contract extension was an appearance related clause in his initial one year deal which Green signed at the beginning of the season, and with Rob completing every league minute for United this season, the clause has been reached sooner than expected; after Green not guaranteed to be Leeds’ first choice keeper ahead of Silvestri at the beginning of the season. It is not official how many appearances Green had to make to trigger the clause, however it must have been lower than the amount he has completed so far this season (38).
Green will hope to continue his good form for the rest of the season; and after reaching his 600th league appearance last weekend, the veteran isn’t ready to hang up his boots any time soon.