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Cooper 'delighted' to extend stay at The Den

13 June 2020

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Millwall defender Jake Cooper says the best of him is still to come after he put pen-to-paper on a new long-term contract with the club.

The 25-year-old, who has played 113 consecutive league games for The Lions, described the feeling of extending his contract as a 'big deal' as he looks to continue his impressive run of form in the heart of Millwall's defence. 

Having initially joined The Lions on loan back in January 2017, Cooper made his move permanent to SE16 the following summer and has gone onto make 151 appearances for the club, scoring 14 times. 

As he commits to the club for the foreseeable future, Cooper is excited to continue his growth at The Den.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, Cooper said: "I'm delighted to put pen to paper with the club. It's a big deal to me and I'm really happy to be staying.

"The club have shown a lot of faith in me to offer me a long contract like they have. I've still got a lot to come, I've played a lot of games now and I feel like I'm improving each season and learning different things with different experiences. 

"I'm just enjoying it and trying to do the best I can everytime I put the shirt on."

Cooper and his teammates recently returned to full contact training ahead of the restart of Sky Bet Championship football next Saturday, which will see The Lions host Derby County. 

The last outing in the league for Gary Rowett's side came against Nottingham Forest in a 3-0 win at the start of March, and Cooper has admitted he has used the opportunity of postponed fixtures to rest his body wisely after a long run in the team.

With The Lions' encounter against The Rams just seven days away, the defender says the team is working hard to be fully prepared for the return to league football.

"It's about getting that match fitness into us before Saturday. The last 10 minutes of the games are going to be crucial, people are going to fatigue without having the full preparation.

"The subs are going to be important. Having the five subs, we're going to have to use that to our advantage, it's a great test for us, there's no pressure and we'll take each game as it comes. There's nine games, lets see what we can do."


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