Featherstone Rovers: Front-rower Cooper hale and hearty after re-signing for Rovers

Featherstone's Luke Cooper. PIC: Dave Williams/RLPhotos
Featherstone's Luke Cooper. PIC: Dave Williams/RLPhotos

RISING star Luke Cooper has become the latest player to pledge his future to Featherstone Rovers.

The 23-year-old front-rower has agreed a two-year contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.

Featherstone Rovrs coach, John Duffy. PIC: James Hardisty

Featherstone Rovrs coach, John Duffy. PIC: James Hardisty

Cooper has been a member of Rovers’ first-team squad since 2015 and made his first appearance under new coach John Duffy in last Sunday’s 30-18 defeat by Hull KR in the Qualifiers.

He said: “I am absolutely over the moon to be staying with Featherstone; this is a great club and I love it here.

“I have been here for a long time now – having come up through the ranks with Featherstone – and I know what is expected here.

“I am happy to keep working hard to maintain my place in the team. I have big ambitions and want to fulfil them as a Rovers player.”

Duffy singled out the substitute prop for praise after the game three days ago and Cooper insisted he is determined to hold on to a place in Rovers’ 17 for the rest of the campaign.

“I really enjoyed my first run out under John,” he added. “It was some experience to go out there in front of a brilliant crowd and it was good to go up against some really tough opposition.

“I suppose my fate is now back in my own hands in terms of nailing down a place in the team every week. With some of the more experienced players out injured I have an opportunity to now prove myself and keep my spot.

“John has brought a great work ethic to the club and it will be good to get a full season under him in 2018.

“We want to finish the Super-8s strongly. We improved against Hull KR and will be looking to go one better in France this weekend.”

Duffy said: “I am really pleased Luke has re-signed for the club. He has come through the ranks here and is ready to kick on and mature into a top Championship player.

“Luke’s attitude is fantastic and he has impressed me. Since I arrived here Luke has been first class and has waited for his chance. He took it with both hands on Sunday.

“I am looking forward to him having a big off-season with us and staking a claim for a regular spot in the team.”