Yesterday Leeds finally released their end of season retained list and their wasn't many surprises to the players that had been kept on or let go.
As expected, stand out performer Pablo Hernandez's contract has been extended for another season as part of his current deal. The talented midfielder has been one of Leeds' key signings last season, being a creative force in midfield.
However his form had dropped in the final third of the season and this could have been due to tiredness or even complacency. Let's hope that with a hit more support and a good preseason behind him he can be the phenomenal playmaker that we have seen on occasion this season.
Young striker Eoghan Stokes and full back Tom Pearce have both been offered new deals to continue their development at the club along with automatic extensions for Romario Vieira and Conor Shaughnessy. Stokes especially is said to be highly regarded within the youth setup, having featured predominantly for the development squad and picking up a good amount of goals.
Leeds have also offered want-away full back and part time snake Charlie Taylor a two year extension to his current deal in order to comply with FA regulations regarding compensation for a player under 24 years of age. It's highly expected he won't contact the club regarding the deal.
The loan quintet of Pedraza, Sacko, Grimes, Barrow and Bartley have all returned to their parent clubs. However it's been expected for some time that Leeds will attempt to secure both Bartley and Sacko to permanent deals.
Bartley has been a main stay in the heart of Leeds' defence partnering the now permanent signing of Pontus Jansson and would be a welcome addition to the club.
Whereas Sacko started off as a breakout star in the Leeds team with his blistering pace but had seen his opportunities limited for the final third of the season. It's understood that Leeds had agreed a permanent fee with parent club Sporting CP but are now looking to negotiate the deal.
Former winger Jordan Botaka has seen his option of a third year at Elland Road not offered and will not leave as a free agent this summer. The skilled winger had began to pick up his performances under Steve Evans but was ultimately loaned out to Charlton by Garry Monk.
With Leeds losing several wingers on temporary deals, it seems frivolous to allow a winger with some potential to leave so early. Let's hope that Monk was confident with what he has planned.
Other players that have been released by the club include; Ross Turnbull, Michael Taylor, Billy Whitehouse, Jack Vann and Alex Purver.
Whitehouse's departure may come as a surprise after Garry Monk had decided to field the youngster in the FA Cup tie against Barnet earlier this season. However the youngsters performance was sub-par and that may have been a contributing factor.
Leeds will now be focussing their attention on securing head coach Monk to a longer deal before conducting any transfer business but are said to be interested in former academy graduate Jonny Howson and Exeter hotshot Ollie Watkins.
By Ryan Ingham