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Our Patience Has Paid Off - Cooper

31 August 2021

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Barrow boss Mark Cooper
Club News

Our Patience Has Paid Off - Cooper

31 August 2021

Mark Cooper has revealed his delight after completing a Deadline Day double swoop for talented Leeds United duo Robbie Gotts and Jordan Stevens.

The Bluebirds boss has been patient in his pursuit of the Elland Road stars but made a breakthrough on Tuesday when the pair both put pen to paper on two-year deals at The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

Cooper is excited to welcome them into his Bluebirds squad, though neither were signed in time to feature in this evening’s Papa John’s Trophy fixture at Accrington Stanley.

“Robbie is a midfield player with a great athleticism,” Cooper explained.

“He can run, he can play, he can press, he gets on the front foot – and he also has some experience at Leeds, some experience at our level at Salford and the one above with Lincoln.

“With Jordan, I brought him through the Academy at Forest Green. He played a handful of games for us and then we sold him to Leeds for a big fee.

“He can play in various positions; he can operate as a wide forward, as a Number 10 or he can slot into midfield.

“With the injuries that we’ve got, I need players that are flexible, and I need players that are durable and robust so they can handle the intensity.

“Coming from Leeds United, the one thing you know is that they have to be able to train and play at an intensity, otherwise they don’t get anywhere near it.

“These are the kinds of signings the Club should be making. We have had to wait a while and be patient to get them and perhaps people were getting frustrated we haven’t jumped in, but I would rather wait until the last minute and get the right ones.

“These two players are the kind of business we need to be doing so I am delighted to get the deals sorted and add them to the squad.”

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