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ross mccormack is not for sale: confirmed

ross mccormack is not for sale: confirmed


 About twelve hours ago I wrote in The Square Ball Week that the rest of this transfer window is about “who we keep, who leaves, and where the leavers go.” I obviously had Ross McCormack in mind, but it seems I didn’t need to worry.

You can’t really deliver a stronger ‘Ross is staying’ message than a photograph of Ross himself, pen in hand and new contract on table, smiling like only a man who doesn’t have to work in Middlesbrough will smile.

The interest from Middlesbrough was strong, public, and pretty damn annoying over the last few weeks; a bid, then another bid, then a final bid, then an absolutely final bid honest this is the last one, then the phone calls from Tony Mowbray late at night whining ‘Pleeeeeeeeease I’ll be your best mate’ down the line from the Riverside.

McCormack, meanwhile, has been crucial to Leeds’ unbeaten start; personally I credit him with the assist as well as the goal for his equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday, and he created his winner at Ipswich for himself too, as well as letting Luke Varney put the finishing touches to his long range shot for the equaliser.

The improved four year deal will take Ross through to the age of 31, meaning that for once in a blue moon Leeds United have secured the services of a player for his peak years. We’ll also have the benefit of his peak years on Twitter before that gives way to the next big thing; McCormack has tweeted tonight that he is “Absolutely buzzing signing new 4 year deal. Will do everything I possibly can to get this great club back where we all know it belongs. #MOT … This proves what I’ve said all along. I was desperate to stay. Been a long road but I really believe this Is my home! Buzzing!”

QPR are the visitors to Elland Road tomorrow, which will probably be the sternest test of the season so far; it ought to make a big difference to be start the game knowing our best player’s future is secure. One thing that doesn’t have to change is the chant of ‘Ross McCormack is not for sale’; that one’s good for a while longer now.

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