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Former Crusaders team-mate Colin Coates comments on the progress of Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas

The pair were team-mates back in Northern Ireland.

It has been an exciting season for Stuart Dallas. He joined Leeds United from Brentford in the summer and has been a success at Elland Road on the left-wing.

But it was not just his club football that has been on the up. Dallas is a part of the Northern Ireland team that has earned a shock qualification to the European Championships in France in the summer.

Dallas has become an integral part of the Northern Ireland side under Michael O’Neill and the 24-year-old will no doubt be excited ahead of the finals.

His performances have certainly impressed a former team-mate in Northern Ireland. Dallas started his career with Crusaders and played with club veteran Colin Coates.

Coates, who has also played six times for the Northern Ireland national team, has been discussing Dallas in the Belfast Telegraph this week:

"Stuart's career has really taken off and he has really shown what he can do at club and international level.

"He is also versatile, able to play in different positions and I'm sure he can't believe his luck, going to the Euros. I'm delighted for all the boys."

Dallas’ good form this season has seen him be one of the consistent regulars in the Leeds United team.

His season with Leeds is effectively over, with no hope of promotion and no fear of relegation, so he will now just be hoping to stay fit ahead of a massive summer with his nation.

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