Leeds United star Stuart Dallas delivered a signal of intent on social media this week by responding to unfounded rumours of a possible retirement – but, the injured Elland Road icon is in a race against time.

Dallas, 32, is a legend of the modern era at Leeds. Eight years ago, he moved to Elland Road and even though he has not played since April 2022 – he has still managed to lock up a huge 267 games for us.

A player that even Daniel Farke has been impressed by, despite Dallas remaining on the sidelines due to the broken leg he suffered against Manchester City 17 months ago. Farke described Dallas as “perfect”.

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But given that it has been so long since Dallas last played a game of football, rumours began to circle online about a possible retirement. Dallas is now 32, and last played when he had only just turned 31.

It was a really nasty injury. But Dallas responded to those rumours with a clear signal of intent – that he does not plan on retiring, replying “fake news”. He is focused on returning to action as soon as possible.

Leeds star Dallas delivers signal of intent, but race against time

A great sign for us Leeds fans. Dallas has shown that in the Championship, he is immediately one of our key players. Even a Dallas at 70, 80% of his best, the Northern Irishman is still a regular for Farke’s side.

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But an elephant is rearing itself into the room. His contract is due to expire at the end of the season and Dallas does turn 33 in April. The intent is there, but he needs to get fit to prove he deserves a new deal.

He is running out of time. It is unclear when Dallas will return – hopefully before Christmas. Certainly, if he is to stand any chance of a new Leeds deal – then a return before the midway point is now crucial.

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