Exiles release Cooper as they look to sign strikers

RELEASED: Mark Cooper

RELEASED: Mark Cooper

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh started the process of freshening up his squad yesterday by releasing defender Mark Cooper.

After last week’s replay defeat to Yate Town, County are out of the FA Cup and therefore have no game to plan for this weekend.

That leaves Edinburgh free to concentrate on transfer dealings and the Argus reported yesterday that he is targeting two strikers.

Despite Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat by Woking, the Exiles are still top of the Blue Square Bet Premier but Edinburgh is keen to revamp a forward line that looks to have gone stale over the last few weeks.

But any players coming in would have to be balanced by some departing Rodney Parade and the first of those is Cooper.

The full-back earned a move to County in the summer after being released by League Two Bristol Rovers last season.

He featured in pre-season but did not make a competitive appearance for County.

He was sent on loan to Frome Town earlier this month and at the time Edinburgh was keen to stress that the player was still part of his plans.

“Mark’s gone out on loan just to get out and get some minutes on the pitch to develop his game,” said Edinburgh at the start of October.

“Mark completed pre-season and he just needs time on the pitch to continue his progress and education.”

But yesterday Cooper revealed on social networking website Twitter that he would not be returning to the club.

Before stating that he had been ‘let go’ he posted a good luck message to the Exiles squad, expressing his belief that promotion is a real possibility this season.

Cooper wrote: “Just want to wish all the boys at @NewportCounty the best for the rest of the season! #promotion.”

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3:43pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Slider02 says...

Why release a defender, and want to bring in strikers? when it is painfully clear to one and all that the defensive line is at the moment thinner than the a collander ? ? ?

Where the heck in the logic in that i ask you?
Why release a defender, and want to bring in strikers? when it is painfully clear to one and all that the defensive line is at the moment thinner than the a collander ? ? ? Where the heck in the logic in that i ask you? Slider02
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6:16pm Wed 31 Oct 12

COUNTYVOICE says...

these flaming pop up ads all over the place talk about slowing the site down
, i almost read "justin edinburgh signs a" POP UP AD then "releases a DEFENDER"

mark cooper didnt realise we had another defender at the club

NICE TO SEE YOU HAVE ASSESSED MARK'S FULL POTENTIAL JUSTIN :-)

you havent been on the gin and tonic have you, its only the 31st october 12 , buddy :-)

you are not trying to emulate kevin keegan and his infamous formation of 1-2-8 up front are you justin?

didnt last very long for kevin, the pressure got to his perm in the end :-)
these flaming pop up ads all over the place talk about slowing the site down , i almost read "justin edinburgh signs a" POP UP AD then "releases a DEFENDER" mark cooper didnt realise we had another defender at the club NICE TO SEE YOU HAVE ASSESSED MARK'S FULL POTENTIAL JUSTIN :-) you havent been on the gin and tonic have you, its only the 31st october 12 , buddy :-) you are not trying to emulate kevin keegan and his infamous formation of 1-2-8 up front are you justin? didnt last very long for kevin, the pressure got to his perm in the end :-) COUNTYVOICE
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8:59pm Wed 31 Oct 12

emlynkide says...

niceone countyvoice,i almost choked on my cuper when i read the first part,ha ha .
niceone countyvoice,i almost choked on my cuper when i read the first part,ha ha . emlynkide
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