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Rob Green’s impressive performance in goal for Leeds United against Brighton and Hove Albion further highlighted the veteran shot-stopper’s importance to the club, having just signed a new one-year deal.

The 37-year-old has featured in every minute of every Championship game so far this season and recently triggered an appearance-related clause in his contract, tying him down to the club until the summer of 2018.

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In the first-half of Leeds’ 2-0 home victory over Brighton, with the scores still goalless, Green was forced into a brilliant save to prevent defender Liam Cooper from putting the ball into his own net.

Midway through the second-half, after Chris Wood had broken the deadlock, the former England international palmed away Glen Murray’s close-range strike and Leeds held on for three vital points as their push for promotion to the Premier League gathers momentum.

Having claimed victory over Chris Hughton’s men, Monk was effusive in his praise for his first-choice keeper, saying that the new deal was nothing less than what Green deserved.

“We’re delighted for him and he deserves that,” the former Swansea City boss is reported as saying by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I brought him in number one because he’s a good goalkeeper but number two, he has that experience and number three, he’s a top professional.  All those ingredients were going to help the group and it’s shown.

“It’s shown in his performances. If you ask anyone, he lends his experience from within the changing room and he deserves the praise he’s getting right now.”

Leeds go into the international break in fourth place in the Championship table but face a potentially pivotal trip to Jaap Stam’s Reading in their next match, with the Royals sitting one place and two points behind Monk’s men.