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Leeds United star Stuart Dallas discusses his meteoric rise from Coagh United

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The Northern Ireland international is clearly pleased with his rise up the ranks.

Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas has certainly had an eventful season already - especially on the international stage.

He may have made a move to Elland Road from Brentford but the biggest moment in his career this year must be Northern Ireland's qualification for the European Championships in France next summer.

The nation have surpassed all expectations to make the championships and Dallas admits he still takes moments to consider the momentous feat he and his international team-mates have achieved.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph this week he stated:

"Sometimes I do sit back and go wow.

"A few years ago I was playing for Coagh United but with a lot of hard work and dedication I have got to where I am today.

"I don't want it to stop. I want to keep playing for my club and country and perform well."

Dallas is currently away on international duty with Michael O'Neill's side, as they get ready to face Latvia in a friendly at Windsor Park on Friday night.

While many of his club-mates will be off playing Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park in a friendly fixture Dallas will be beginning preparations for the Euros with his nation.

It certainly is a huge achievement for a player who just five years ago was playing his football with local amateur side Coagh United.

But after catching the eye at Crusaders and a subsequent move to Brentford he has made his way to one of the biggest football clubs in the UK and on the verge of a major international championship.

A fairly impressive rise for one of Leeds' first-team stars.

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