BRANDON Cooper is hoping for a Wembley double – promotion with Newport County AFC and Swansea City in the same season.

Were it not for the defender the Exiles might have been on their holidays rather than going up against Forest Green Rovers in the League Two play-offs tomorrow evening (kick-off 8.15pm).

The 21-year-old from Porthcawl was hugely influential in the first half of the campaign that saw Michael Flynn's side setting the pace, so much so that his departure played its part in a wobble that threatened their top-seven hopes.

Cooper was recalled by Swansea in January so has had to watch on while the Exiles held their nerve to claim a play-off berth.

Now he hopes the Liberty Stadium side beat Barnsley and then win at Wembley on Saturday, May 29 before cheering Newport on to success in London two days later.

Brandon Cooper in action for Newport County against Forest Green

Brandon Cooper in action for Newport County against Forest Green

"If I can be part of two teams that get promoted it would look great on the CV!" said Cooper, who is still in close contact with County boss Michael Flynn and his former teammates.

"Being part of that environment at Newport and then Swansea, I've learnt so much from being part of winning sides.

"I loved every minute at County and will always have a special relationship with the club, hopefully they can go on and finish what we started.

"They deserve to be in League One so I hope they can get good results against Forest Green, get to Wembley and then get the job done.

"I am confident that it will go well because there is no doubt that they have the quality in the squad to go up."

While Cooper is thrilled to have been part of Swansea's push for the Premier League – and made his Championship debut against Derby at the start of the month – there is hint of frustration at not being able to finish what he started at Newport.

Brandon Cooper climbs high for County

Brandon Cooper climbs high for County

"It was quite sudden. With the injuries at Swansea at the time, they felt that they needed the cover," said Cooper, who played on the right of a central three.

"I was really enjoying my time at Newport and was learning so much but suddenly I had to go, then it was unfortunate that I got injured when I got back.

"I had played something like 30 games in four months including internationals then came back and lasted two training sessions."

Cooper recovered from the ankle blow to be called up by Wales for the first time in March for the games against Mexico and the Czech Republic.

The talented defender has suffered another blow that has ended his season but he hopes to watch the Swans and County go up a division.

"The boys struggled for a bit at the start of the year but it's been nice to see them get some good results recently," he said.

"That will give them confidence going into the play-offs, even though Forest Green are a strong side that play good football.

"There is real quality in the Newport side and I just hope they can do well because they deserve it after all the hard work that they have put in."