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Steve Cooper breaks his silence at last !
Saturday, 17th Jul 2021 17:21 by Keith Haynes

For the first time in six weeks Swansea City coach Steve Cooper has spoken about the team and their recent work at their training camp in Surrey - and the hard work that is ongoing at Fairwood in Swansea. He seems enthused too of the performances at the training games they have participated in this week.

At last we hear from Steve Cooper, he seems upbeat and completely relaxed as he spoke today after the comprehensive 5-0 defeat of a Newport County at Spyty Park.

Steve Cooper, upbeat and positive today

Cooper sounded extremely positive when he spoke to the clubs website “This week has been a great exercise for the players, It’s the first time we’ve played in pre-season and at this stage it is all about minutes and fitness and conditioning the players, as well technical and tactical work. While it’s good to build fitness, the lads have applied themselves really well – not just this week but ever since they returned at the start of pre-season. They all came back in excellent condition. To have the season we did last year in terms of the schedule and the short turnaround from the end of the previous campaign, means the players deserve great credit for how they have looked after themselves over the summer. The pre-season fitness tests were extremely positive and from that point it is about getting the players back onto the grass and getting minutes in friendly games”

Squad update
“Unfortunately, the game we had scheduled against Swindon had to be cancelled, but we’ve had two outings against Newport which have been a great exercise. “I’ve got a great relationship with Mike Flynn and I’d like to thank them for helping to arrange the second game against them at such short notice. We had two 60-minute games behind-closed-doors in midweek which allowed us to get all the lads some minutes under their belts and while Newport changed squads for our second game this afternoon it still proved a good test for us. “That was a really good week for us,” said Cooper. “The facilities there were first class and it’s easy to see why the England rugby squad have based themselves there for so long and why Premier League clubs have also been spending time there recently. It allowed the players to do a lot of work on the pitch while also allowing for a second session most days of strength and conditioning work. “I must say that the young players who have been with us in pre-season have all applied themselves really well. We had seven lads from the academy who travelled with us to Pennyhill Park, some of which have been involved in the friendlies so far and it’s great experience for them. “This club is all about giving young players opportunities and it’s also great to see the likes of Ollie Cooper and Brandon Cooper both making great strides in their recovery from injuries.”

Joel Piroe, Cooper has been chasing him for two seasons

Cooper on the new signings
“The three new boys have all settled in really well,” said Cooper. “Kyle Joseph was with us on the first day of pre-season and Liam (Walsh) linked up with us while we were in Pennyhill Park. Joel had to observe a period of isolation ( as reported here on Swansea Indeoendent last week ) after his move from Holland but has now trained with us a few times and he’s excited about the season ahead. All three players have made a good impression with the group both on and off the pitch and just need the minutes under their belts now.”

Ben Cabango is back after extended break
“It’s great to have Ben back with us,” said Cooper. “He had an excellent season for us last year and I’m sure he would have learned so much from this summer and being involved in the Euros with Wales. Of course it was disappointing for us to lose Connor Roberts to injury, but he’s in good spirits and I’m sure he will come back even stronger.

“Plymouth will be another good game and a good test for the players.”

So there you have it folks, no rumours on Cooper leaving, we never stated he was just that he should have been more ‘ communicative’ than he was being, as well as the club. That’s our position, always has been. If he goes tomorrow, he goes tomorrow, this is our club, we move on. Read the articles, it helps.

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ReslovenSwan1 added 20:28 - Jul 17
Honourable mentions for both Brandon and Ollie Cooper. I hope to see more of them this season.

Boundy added 21:25 - Jul 17
If Coopers fully committed to our cause then he'll get my support , anything less is not good enough

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