By Wayne Veysey

13th Oct, 2016 | 11:14am

Report: 25-year-old signs after Leeds agree terms

By Alex Stevens

Liam Cooper has signed an extension to his Leeds contract, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the defender, 25, has penned a deal that will keep him at Elland Road until the summer of 2018.

Cooper signed a three-year contract when he joined from Chesterfield in 2014 but it is said that, while it went unannounced, he agreed a 12-month extension last season.

This is a major boost for Garry Monk as Leeds step up the process of tying key members of their playing squad to long-term deals.

Cooper has slipped down the centre-back pecking order over the last month following the development of the increasingly impressive partnership of on-loan pair Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley.

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But Cooper has made seven appearances this season, five of which have been starts, and remains one of three senior players vying for two positions.

In total, the £600,000 signing has played 79 matches for Leeds during his two-and-a-bit seasons at the club.

Leeds currently sit in 11th place in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Derby, after a run of four wins from five league matches.

A win against Derby and newly appointed manager Steve McClaren could see Monk’s side move to within touching distance of the play-off positions.

In other Leeds news, the club are set to sign a Spain international in the January transfer window.