Cooper Skerry - Leeds United
I was introduced to Glan Letheren in January 2019 in Queensland, Australia where I was playing for Brisbane City Football Club. Glan put me through a training session with some other Goal Keepers. Glan was convinced I had the ability to play in the UK so through his network of football contacts he was able to get me trials for Academy positions at Swansea FC and Manchester United the same month. The feedback from both these clubs was very positive so my family and I made the move to the UK mid-2019.
By the time we arrived in England Glan had made enquiries and found out that Leeds United Football Club Academy still had an opening for a First-Year Academy Goal Keeper. Glan travelled to Leeds with us and introduced me to the coaching staff. After a trial over a couple of weeks, I was offered a 2-year scholarship position in the Academy.
Glan’s contacts and advice put me in the position I am in now. His assessment of my abilities and introductions to the Academies opened the door for me to come to the UK. I am now playing with a great club and learning from the best coaches. This year since being at Leeds I was called into an Australian selection camp for U19’s. I am very excited about my future football career and I have Glan to thank for making it all possible.