Liam Cooper outlines strong desire for 'proper' conclusion as Leeds United return to tailored training
CAPTAIN Liam Cooper says Leeds United are determined to conclude their Championship promotion push in the "proper" manner by sealing a place in the Premier League on the football pitch.
Championship front-runners Leeds finally returned to tailored training at Thorp Arch today adhering to strict social distancing measures as the country continues to combat coronavirus.
United have not played since the 2-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town on March 7 and the Championship season remains suspended though the EFL are still hoping for all remaining games to be played by the end of July.
Should the rest of the season be curtailed - something that would be triggered if 51 per cent of Championship clubs vote to end the season early - Leeds would be crowned champions via the EFL's preferred unweighted points per game model with the EFL also saying that promotion and relegation should be retained.
But Whites skipper Cooper said the club's culture was not associated with "hand me downs" with the centre-back adamant the Whites squad are determined to complete promotion in the proper manner.
Cooper said his men were "100 per cent" itching to complete promotion on the pitch and said: "We are not the type of club who want anything passing to us.
"We want to go and accomplish it ourselves.
"Some may call us mad for that but we want to do it properly and we want to go and finish what we have started.
"We have come a long way in these last two years and it would be fitting to be able to get that done."
Asked if he ever thought that settling the season via points per game might actually be good for Leeds, Cooper said: "Being the club that we are, it's not nice when something gets handed to you like that and that's not the sort of culture we have at the club.
"We don't expect nobody to give us anything and we have really developed that over the last two years for sure.
"I think I speak for the majority of the lads, they want to play and they want to get it done properly.
"We don't want a hand me down, we don't want none of that, we want to get it done and that's the way it's got to be."
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