Liam Cooper hails qualities of Stuart Dallas as best friends pen new Leeds United deals

RIGHT BEHIND YOU: Leeds United captain Liam Cooper, right, and team mate and best friend Stuart Dallas clash with Derby County's Richard Keogh in May's Championship play-off semi-final first leg at Pride Park. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images.
RIGHT BEHIND YOU: Leeds United captain Liam Cooper, right, and team mate and best friend Stuart Dallas clash with Derby County's Richard Keogh in May's Championship play-off semi-final first leg at Pride Park. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images.
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LIAM COOPER has hailed the versatility of Leeds United team mate and best friend Stuart Dallas after the duo both signed new deals, joking: "I reckon he'd be decent in goal."

Cooper and Dallas both committed their long term futures to the Whites by signing new contracts on Wednesday evening with Cooper penning a new five-year deal up to the summer of 2024 whilst a new four-year contract for Dallas keeps him at Elland Road until the summer of 2023.

Dallas was signed as a winger from Brentford in the summer of 2015 but the Northern Ireland international has since been used as a left back and right back with the 28-year-old thriving as a right back six games into the new campaign.

Even Dallas is unsure as to how you would now describe his position - "I've been called a lot of things, you can call me whatever you want" he joked.

Cooper, though, says there is no doubting his good pal's versatility and qualities both as a footballer and as a friend.

"He amazes me and the boys," said Cooper.

"I don't think there's a position he can't play, I reckon he'd be decent in goal to be honest.

"But he's a top, top lad and when he came in four years ago we struck up a friendship straight away.

"He's a top, top man, he's got a beautiful family and the way he approaches every game, he'd play with one leg if he had to, that's the type of player he is.

"He's an unbelievable lad and I am delighted he has extended his stay as well."