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Leeds United waiting to hear about free agent offers as pre-season kicks off at Thorp Arch

Leeds United waiting to hear about free agent offers as pre-season kicks off at Thorp Arch

Contract decisions are still pending at Leeds United for Liam Cooper, Jamie Shackleton and Cody Drameh, with the trio now officially free agents. Their deals at Elland Road expired yesterday, with the Whites yet to find a resolution with any of them.

Pre-season kicks off at Thorp Arch this week and none of them are expected to return to training under Daniel Farke as their futures remain uncertain. Players such as Luke Ayling, Lewis Bate and Ian Poveda have already seen their futures resolved at the end of their contracts.




Ayling and Bate have signed deals with Middlesbrough and Stockport County respectively, while Poveda has not been offered a new deal at Elland Road. It remains to be seen what will happen to the three Leeds have shown an intention to keep.

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Cooper, the club captain, is of course the front-runner. If his service continues until August he will reach 10 years with the Whites, but his options remain open for now.

Leeds made an offer of a new deal, but the terms did not prove good enough for the defender to sign immediately. Talks will continue between Cooper and the club over his stay, while the possibility of a third party emerging remains.

The likelihood of Shackleton or Drameh staying remains very slim. The former has been heavily linked with Sheffield United and, at 25, after years of failing to get regular football, surely needs to find a new challenge.

While Shackleton was retained by Farke last season and is wanted again for the upcoming campaign, Drameh was let go last season. The full-back was given a brief chance in August but failed to impress and joined Birmingham City for the year.