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Cooper talks targets ahead of new campaign

Towering defender mulls over pre-season...

5 July 2018

Millwall's Jake Cooper is already looking ahead to the first day of the Sky Bet Championship season.

The Lions are in the midst of their 2018/19 pre-season preparations and face their first friendly of the summer this Saturday against Dartford - and whilst the meticulous planning goes on behind-the-scenes, the ultimate focus is Saturday 4th August.

Cooper, speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, expressed his happiness at being back at Calmont Road after a summer off with family - and a new arrival.

"It's been great. We've had a good few sessions in the first week and it's good to be back with the boys and having fun," he said. "We've worked really hard so we're in good shape.

"The missus has had me doing more [around the house]! It was nice getting away with them and spending some time with the family - it was nice just having some time off before this long season ahead."

After this weekend's visit to Princes Park, the annual trip to Portugal takes place before friendly matches against Cambridge and Colchester United precede the curtain-raiser against Middlesbrough at The Den.

The 23-year-old mulled over the pre-season campaign and looked forward to "team bonding" time abroad.

"It'll be nice to be back out there with the boys [at Dartford], playing a game and testing ourselves, which we haven't done much of yet. We need to get that under our belt, along with the other games and get ready for 4th August.

"Everything is geared up for that game against Middlesbrough, but we have some great matches coming up before that to test us out and really get us ready.

"We've also got the trip to Portugal, which will allow us to do some team bonding and play some good sides, so I'm really looking forward to that and the next month, building up to the start of the season."

Cooper scored four times in 42 appearances for The Lions in 2017/18 and was part of a solid defence which kept 18 clean sheets in a successful campaign.

The former Reading man, however, wants more than that this time round.

"Just more than last season - that's my target to start with," he said. "To try and better the stats we reached last year with clean sheets and goals scored - that's the main target for us. But that's also down to the team. We've got to better last year's performances, stick together and I'm sure we can have another good season."


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