Parker pens Leeds deal
Whites left-back signs three-year contract
Last Updated: July 8, 2009 2:30pm
Parker: New three-year deal
Left-back Ben Parker has committed his future to Leeds United after signing a new three-year contract.
The Leeds-born defender had 12 months remaining on his existing terms, although manager Simon Grayson was keen to secure his services on a longer deal.
At one stage last season Parker was well down Leeds' pecking order, but with Alan Sheehan injured and Carl Dickinson returning after a loan spell Parker grasped his chance in the side.
It was Parker's barn-storming run against Millwall that set up Luciano Becchio's goal in the second leg of last season's play-off semi-finals, although it was the Lions who ultimately booked their place at Wembley.
"Ben is a Leeds lad and I know he's delighted to be here, but it's about being good enough to be part of the team and the squad," Grayson told the club's official website. "Ben took his chance last season.
"He'd waited for the opportunity, he's had a few spells out on loan which has done his development good, and now he knows he has more security on his contract but he's also got plenty on his hands with the other left-backs at the club.
"He has to keep working, and keep striving to be regular in our team."