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Leeds United’s Liam Cooper explains the ‘biggest achievement' of his career

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Liam Cooper believes that being named Leeds captain is the greatest moment of his career.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, central defender Cooper admitted that being named Leeds captain earlier this campaign is the highlight of his short career.

The young defender said: “It’s unbelievable; the biggest achievement of my life. It’s been brilliant. Redders (Neil Redfearn) made me captain of this great club and I am honoured and it is a massive achievement for myself, family and friends.”

It was a whirlwind rise to the captaincy for Cooper, who only arrived at Elland Road in August after leaving League Two champions Chesterfield. He had to wait until November to enjoy a proper run in the first-team, with just four appearances up to that point, but he never looked back.

Named captain by Redfearn in January for the FA Cup third round tie with Sunderland, Cooper kept the armband for much of the remainder of the season, sitting out of a few games, but largely impressing in what was a poor end to the campaign.

He is one of few players to come out of this season with any real rise in his reputation, and he is sure to remain as captain heading into next season, although a likely departure of Redfearn as head coach could see a new man instilled as captain at the new coach’s wishes.

It has been a remarkable rise for Cooper, who at this time last season was still turning out in the basement division of England’s Football League, but the Scottish youth international has shown he has all the talent to succeed with the Whites.

With him as captain it appears as Leeds have a bright future, and club management should be doing all they can to keep ahold of the talented young defender.

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