Adam Furshaw vows after the injury return that culminated in a new contract with Leeds United

Adam Furshaw has spoken of his desire to continue his progress with Leeds United after signing a new one-year contract with the club.

He sparked a career at Elland Road that looked dead and buried as a result of persistent injury problems that he battled for over two years.

Since returning to Marcelo Bielsa’s side in October, the 30-year-old has been Leeds’ most consistent player as injuries continued to pile up in the team around him.

His level in the past few months has finally been rewarded with a new short-term contract to put an end to fears that his deal will be allowed to expire in the summer.

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Putting pen to paper, Forshaw has admitted his pride in extending his stay with Leeds after the injuries that have plagued his time in West Yorkshire thus far.

“I am happy and proud,” he told the club’s official website. “You worked hard to get to this point.”

“I kept going, working out, and commuting every day with my fitness and fitness trainers and I’m lucky to be in this position again.

“The biggest battle was getting rid of the pain and getting fit, and once I knew I was going to be pain-free and shoulder the burden, I was confident I could get back to the level needed, it was just the first hurdle I had to take on.”

It was his first start from injury that made Leeds supporters sit up and take notice that he turned the show against Leicester at the start of November.

Since then, he has been one of the toughest workers in the Premier League, covering more ground than his teammates in many of the matches he’s played.

It was in the 1-1 draw with the FA Cup holders that Forshaw realized he was ready to fight in the white midfield and has become a key figure in the squad ever since.

“After the Leicester City game it really gave me confidence that I’m back and that I was able to keep playing after that, so I’m really happy,” he added.

“I have a lot to thank Marcelo Bielsa, after returning to the team he has restored his confidence in me and has kept me in the team so far.

“He seemed to have a plan for me in the summer in terms of minutes and he made me feel like I wanted to keep going and that I’m still a part of his plans and I like to think that’s the case now.

“You’ve put a good bunch of games together and it’s probably going to last a long time.”

Surviving in the Premier League will be Leeds’ main objective in the second half of the season, and the team will be hoping most of their injured players will return in order to remain in the division.

While careful not to appear to be making excuses, Forshaw explained how the increasing number of absentees affected the team’s momentum as he outlined his personal aspirations for the near future.

He said: “There is no stopping here, I am really happy to sign a new contract and I want to start again.

“I want to keep playing matches in the Premier League and keep helping the team as much as I can. We need to keep progressing as a club and I want to enjoy football as much as I can.

“Without making excuses, we’ve had a lot of injuries this season and it would be great to get a lot of players back and get a good performance.

“Maybe we haven’t had a real streak of wins yet this season, so we’re looking forward to that.”

In the absence of Calvin Phillips through injury, Leeds supporters have clearly shown their appreciation for Forshaw and will be in desperate need of him to reshape his form this side of the new year.

While his new deal may seem short given his recent impact, should he be able to continue his progress and keep fit over the next year, the club have the option to extend for another 12 months.


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