Cook recognised for his stunning progress

Leeds United's Lewis Cook. Picture: Tony Johnson
Leeds United's Lewis Cook. Picture: Tony Johnson
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Lewis Cook has been shortlisted for the Football League’s Championship apprentice of the year award.

The 18-year-old, who is nearing the end of his first season as a professional at Leeds United, is one of three players in contention for the annual prize alongside Charlton Athletic’s Joe Gomez and Millwall’s Fred Onyedinma.

Cook has been a shining light in a difficult campaign at Elland Road, making 36 league appearances and earning himself an England Under-19 call-up earlier this week.

The midfielder - a member of England’s European Under-17 Championship-winning squad last summer - will travel to France next week to take part in three international fixtures.

The Championship apprentice-of-the-year award was won by Derby County’s Mason Bennett in 2014.

The prize is awarded to players in either the second year of a scholarship or their first season as a professional.

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