Liam Cooper has today signed a new four-year-deal with the club. The central defender captained the side at Bolton on Sunday and with less than 12 months left on his current deal, meaning that his contract now takes him until at least 2021.
Of all of the deals so far this summer this is the most surprising. There is still a lot of talk that we are chasing a fourth central defender, and with Matthew Pennington and Pontus Jansson also at Leeds Cooper may not be in the first-team this season. The length of the deal is maybe the most surprising given that he isn’t one of the youngsters at the club anymore but Radrizzani and Orta have put their faith in Cooper. The Scottish defender is yet to make a competitive appearance with the national side despite being called up on various occasions.
Cooper is the longest-serving player currently at the club, he was one of the first signings made by Massimo Cellino at the start of his time at the club. He had to wait some time before he broke into the Leeds side, Jason Pearce and Guiseppe Bellusci keeping him out of the side. Once he did he then struggled due to the signing of Sol Bamba from Palermo, he rotated with him and Bellusci for the rest of the season and for the entire season after, also being made vice-captain by Uwe Rosler. Cooper has often captained the side but was never made captain, although he did start as captain against Bolton on Sunday.