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Cooper: 'Time was right to rejoin Mildenhall'

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David Cooper has revealed that the ‘lure’ of representing his hometown club again was a leading factor in the decision to return to Mildenhall Town.

LOCAL LAD: David Cooper has rejoined Mildenhall
LOCAL LAD: David Cooper has rejoined Mildenhall

Cooper first joined Mildenhall back in 2009 following his release by Norwich City and remained at Recreation Way until last summer when he switched to neighbouring Bury Town.

The full-back enjoyed his stint with the Blues, for whom he made 41 appearances in the Bostik League North Division.

However, following discussions with Mildenhall boss Dean Greygoose, Cooper felt the time was right to return to his roots.

“I am a Mildenhall boy and I feel like I have unfinished business there,” he said.

“It is a young side and Dean was looking to add some experience, so it felt like the perfect time to go back.

“I really enjoyed my time at Bury and I could have stayed there, but the lure of going back was too tempting.

“I am under no illusions, it is a tough league and with young players we are going to have to stand up to the challenge.

HAPPY TO BE BACK: The defender first joined Mildenhall in 2009
HAPPY TO BE BACK: The defender first joined Mildenhall in 2009

“There is plenty of talent as well and if we can add a little more experience, we could surprise people.”

The 27-year-old also believes that the Mildenhall faithful will see an improved player from the one that departed 12 months ago.

“I needed to test myself somewhere else,” he added.

“I played over 40 games for Bury and loved the battle of the Bostik League – you know every week it is going to be tough.

“Those battles have improved me as a player and hopefully the Mildenhall fans will see e that.”

While Cooper is no stranger to the club, Jarid Robson may be somewhat of an unknown quantity.

NEW FACE: Jarid Robson
NEW FACE: Jarid Robson

The attacking midfielder has agreed terms on a move to Mildenhall, having established himself as a key player at Haverhill Borough over the previous two campaigns.

During Borough’s Thurlow Nunn League First Division promotion-winning term of 2016/17, Robson was their leading goalscorer, finding the back of the net on 24 occasions from 45 appearances.

And he followed that up last season by scoring a further nine goals from 35 outings in the Premier Division.

Meanwhile, Mildenhall’s pre-season friendly at Thetford Town – scheduled for tomorrow – has been cancelled.