What a painful end to the season it was for Leeds United.
After a place in the Championship play-off berth looked likely for so long, Garry Monk’s men hit a bad run of form in the most crucial stages of the campaign, and were ruled out of contention on the final day of the season.
After speculation surrounding a move away from the club, it is reported that Monk will be handed a year’s extension to his contract by new owner Andrea Radrizzani, providing a much needed boost to disheartened United fans.
With Monk at the helm for another season, the belief that Leeds can mount another play-off push will return.
Improving the squad and adding depth to his side will be the number one priority for the former Swansea boss this summer, and one man he may turn to could be plucked from the league below.
Scunthorpe defender, Murray Wallace, has been a rock at the back for the Iron this season, and his performances helped his side to a third place finish, before a heartbreaking defeat to Millwall in the play offs.
The Scottish defender boasts the remarkable record of playing every minute of the 2016/17 season, and such consistency will alert Monk to the player’s potential.
Marked by local journalists as their candidate for player of the season, Murray has impressed many at Glanford Park this season, and the former Falkirk youngster is set for a move up the league ladder.
Wallace has a contract in north Lincolnshire that runs for 2 more years, so Scunthorpe will demand a reasonable fee to part ways with their star defender.
Despite this, the 24-year-old has done enough to prove he is capable of playing at the higher level, and Monk should consider dipping into his transfer budget to add the young, hungry player to his squad.
After the rapid development of Kemar Roofe at Elland Road since his move from further down the football pyramid, those at the club will have little concern with acquiring a player from the third tier.
Wallace could be the latest impressive, young performer to prove himself at the higher level, and Monk should seriously consider a move for the player.