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Leeds United youngster Lewis Cook jokes about nightmare debut, praises Chris Wood

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook is feeling positive about the season ahead.

Leeds United prodigy Lewis Cook is fully fit ahead of the season ahead and raring to go.

The teenager suffered an ankle injury at the end of 2014/15 which kept him out of action for the final month, giving him a much needed rest.

The 17-year-old established himself as a first team regular at Elland Road, and he will be needed again this coming campaign.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Cook said he was looking forward to the new season, and even took time to joke about his debut last year, a 2-0 loss to Millwall in which he conceded a spot kick.

He said: "The injury is fine now, I've overcome it, I'm stronger now and can focus on the future.

"When I gave the penalty away it wasn't be best start. At least I can say something about my debut. I tried my hardest the following games and carried on playing so was happy about that."

Central midfielder Cook attracted interest from Premier League clubs at the end of last season, but it is a player signed from the division above by Leeds themselves which has given the biggest lift in spirits to the Leeds camp.

Chris Wood was signed from Leicester a week ago, becoming the club's most expensive signing in a decade, and Cook says the early signs are promising regarding the New Zealand international.

"He's a great lad, he's a great finisher, and we'll see if we can do good this season. All the strikers can score a lot of goals but Chris can do that as well so hopefully he will do that for us."

Wood has considerable experience in English football, even though he has been loaned around to several clubs without much continuity, but having finally found a club where he has a long term future, he has a real chance to kick on.

Already used to and suited to the physical nature of the Championship, Leeds should hope that buying players like Wood who can settle fast can get them off to a better start than they enjoyed 12 months ago.

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