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Cooper welcomes Millwall "challenge"

19 January 2017

Loanee Jake hopes to be effective for The Lions

New loan signing Jake Cooper welcomes the challenge of trying to break into the Millwall side - and hopes to be "effective in both boxes" as The Lions look to break into the top six.

Cooper joins Jed Wallace as Millwall's second incoming of the January transfer window and the defender told millwallfc.co.uk how the move came about.

"The move came around pretty quick. I was speaking to the coaches at Reading on Wednesday and working out some stuff. Millwall was my favourite option and the only club I wanted to come to.

"I've had a great conversation with the manager and he's made me feel welcome already."

Cooper has Sky Bet Championship pedigree, as well as appearing for the England Under 18 and Under 20 sides, but stated that joining The Lions is "a great option" for him at this stage in his career. 

"I've been at Reading since I was a young kid and I started in the Academy. I've played first team games, but haven't been getting in the team lately, so to come to Millwall is a great option for me and one that I'm really happy to have taken up."

An ability to be a menace in both boxes is an attribute that attracted Neil Harris to Cooper - that's something that the defender echoed when describing his strengths.

"I'm very tall and I enjoy attacking the ball in the air. Hopefully I can be effective in both boxes for the club, in keeping clean sheets and scoring the old goal.

"I wanted to come here to a challenge and try to step into a team that's winning."

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