Leeds United snapped up young Australian goalkeeper Cooper Skerry in the summer on a two-year scholarship deal. The imposing stopper, who turned 17 this week, has now been discussing the move with The World Game.
The former Brisbane City starlet, who reportedly models his game on the ‘aggression and dominance’ of Danish legend Peter Schmeichel, spoke of following in the footsteps of countryman Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell at Elland Road.
The teenager also suggested his goal for the season of playing in the under-23s, but also made it clear that he has made a huge step up in terms of the standard of football.
“Right now I’m playing with the Under-18s and my goal this season would be to make a debut with the Under-23s.
“Beyond that, I’d love to establish myself with the reserves – but right now I’m still developing the basics.
“There’s a huge difference in the quality of training between here and Australia and I’m trying to get all the aspects of my game to the best level possible. Obviously, the end goal is to reach the top but it’s all about developing my skills.”
It is hard to know anything about Skerry given his humble background. However, he certainly sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders.
As for his pathway, it could soon be clear in terms of him playing under-23 football.
Will Huffer is out of contract in the summer whilst Kamil Miazek is in the same boat, although has a one-year extension option, as is teenager Harrison Male. Leeds also released fellow youngster Joshua Rae at the start of the season. So it appears there is plenty of change in the goalkeeping department at Thorp Arch when it comes to the youngsters.
So perhaps Skerry could very well be making his way up the hierarchy before the end of the season.