By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Leeds United midfielder Michael Brown must have one of the best agents in the business after receiving a one-year contract extension.
This means he will be with Leeds until the end of next season. The deal was signed because Brown had triggered a clause in his contract which said if he reached a certain number of appearances for this season, he received an automatic one-year extension.
The 36-year-old has been with Leeds since the summer of 2011 and is known for his poor disciplinary record.
But, the news will hardly go down well with Leeds supporters who must see it as a waste of funds on a player that will be likely to be unwanted by Neil Warnock’s successor.
Quite how Brown, who was 35 when his initial contract was negotiated last August, was quite able to do the deal is incredible. Why would a club aiming to reach the Premier League agree to such a deal.
Brown has been a bit-part player at times this season and will be even more so next season so Leeds have wasted money on him.
No-one in the Championship will want Brown and League One and Two clubs won’t be able to afford him so Leeds are stuck him with.
He has been a liability this season, his tackle on Scott Parker in the final minute of Leeds’ shock 2-1 over Tottenham is a prime example.
Fortunately he probably won’t be making them sort of tackles next season as he will be watching from the stands, but he will be paid to do that.