Leeds United have handed a professional contract to 18-year-old defender Zac Thompson.

The teenage right-back has made 19 appearances for the club at Under 18 and reserve team level combined since arriving from Everton as a second-year scholar, and Simon Grayson was delighted to pin the player down to a contract at Elland Road.

An option to extend the one-year deal by a further 12 months is also available to Leeds, who hold high hopes for the player's development.

"Zac's done well, we feel he's got a good future. He's got a good work ethic and plenty of potential," Grayson told the official Leeds United website.


"He's now got time to develop and we'll be looking to see him pushing to be in and around the first team."

With Leeds pushing for promotion from the Championship to the Barclays Premier League, it could be a rapid rise to the top for Thompson, who will look to challenge senior players Paul Connolly for the position currently occupied by Eric Lichaj at Elland Road.

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