Chesterfield: Cooper leaves with boss Cook’s best wishes

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Liam Cooper’s move to Leeds United has been completed.

The former Hull City central defender, voted into the PFA League Two Team last season has moved on for an undisclosed fee that’s believed to more than challenge Spireites record sale, Kevin Davies to Southampton back in 1997. The now Preston man moved South for a fee of £750,000 after the club’s run to the FA Cup semi-final.

Paul Cook had mixed feelings about the move: “When you start getting looked at by other people you end up losing your best players and it’s never good for the club but when you’re successful it’s because you’ve got good players.

“That’s where you want a good scouting system so when you lose players there’s a pendulum going that keeps things going. That said. We’re really pleased for the lad, he came in, he’s been excellent for us and I and the rest of the club wish him well.”

Cook is hoping to sign a replacement plus maybe one or two more new faces ahead of Saturday’s home game against Keith Hill’s Rochdale.

Reflecting back on the incredible extra time Capital One Cup game the manager said: “It’s disappointing that we’ve gone out. Once we’re 3-1 up you actually think that’s nigh on game over. But we were playing a very good side that can cut you to bits, but we played well.

“We got to stoppage time and Tommy Lee’s made a mistake that’s cost us, but that’s life and we’ll live with it. We were over and out in extra time though and you have to give great credit to Huddersfield.”

Ritchie Humphreys, scorer of the first goal in the 5-3 reversal, is doubtful having picked up a knee injury. Ollie Banks, who scored with his first kick after replacing the veteran on Tuesday, is likely to replace him.