Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has hailed the fact that he was given possession of the captain’s armband for the game against Sunderland in the FA Cup as a dream, as reported by LeedsUnited.com.
Cooper moved to Leeds from League One side Chesterfield in the summer for a fee reported to be between £500,000 and £750,000.
He was left out of the side for an extended period prior to Neil Redfearn’s appointment as head coach, but has been a fixture in the centre of defence since the former Academy head was put in charge of the first team.
Stephen Warnock was given the captaincy shortly after Redfearn was appointed.
However, he took a knock in the clash against Derby County, and missed out on Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Sunderland in the FA Cup.
As a result, Cooper was handed the armband for the game, and the boyhood Leeds fan could not have been happier.
“It’s a dream come true to captain a club like Leeds United, it’s brilliant”, said Cooper.
“It’s good to be thought of in high regard like that.
“I had a great day and I enjoyed being captain.
“I found out when the team sheet went up in the morning. I saw the ‘c’ next to my name.
“But I’ll always go out there and give 100 per cent and hopefully that can rub off on a few players if I’m leading as well.
“I’ve got plenty more learning to do in the game but I’m getting that with each and every game I’m playing. It’s a great experience and long may it continue.”