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Defender names three Leeds players who have started pre-season training

Leeds' Liam Cooper and MK Dons' Sam Gallagher in action

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has already started pre-season training.

Leeds' Liam Cooper and MK Dons' Sam Gallagher in action

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has explained on the club’s official website why he is starting his pre-season early.

The Leeds squad is not expected to report for pre-season duty until later this month.

Cooper, who can play as a centre-back or as a left-back, has explained why he has already reported for duty at Thorp Arch.

Sol Bamba celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds United

The 24-year-old Scotsman has also revealed that two of his teammates, defender Sol Bamba and midfielder Luke Murphy, have also started pre-season training.

“I took three weeks off but I’ve had a couple of days back in the gym,” Cooper told Leeds’s official website. “We came into Thorp Arch for a photoshoot and decided to make a session of it.

"Me, Murph and Sol (Bamba) are going to go out and do a bit with Sean (Rush, Head of Conditioning).

“It’s a pre-pre-season. You’ve got to get out and make sure you’re not stiff when we get back because it’s going to be hard work.”

Liam Cooper of Leeds United with Toumani Diagouraga of Brentford

Cooper scored one goal and created 10 chances in 38 Championship appearances for Leeds this past season.

The defender had a pass accuracy of 73% and a shot accuracy of 17%, and won 132 headers, 16 dribbles and 36 tackles.

Leeds endured yet another disappointing season in the Championship and failed to finish in the top 10.

Things could be different next season, though. With former Swansea City manager Garry Monk now in charge of the first team, perhaps the West Yorkshire outfit would be able to challenge for a top-six spot in the Championship during the 2016-17 campaign.

Leeds' Liam Cooper (R) and Charlie Taylor celebrate at the final whistle

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