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Cooper: "Up To Me To Stake A Claim"

7 August 2015

Young starlet aims to kick on from last season's 'surprise' season.

Teenager George Cooper says that his debut season with the first-team has only allowed him to mature more quickly. The Warrington-born forward certainly made an impact last season when scoring some superb goals against Coventry, Crawley and Preston North End and he is hoping that he will be able to get more game time during the new campaign and really establish himself as a key player for Crewe.

Cooper made seven starts last season and was used sparingly as an impact sub by Steve Davis on 21 other occasions. Now the 18-year-old is hoping to play more of a decisive role in the Crewe Alexandra forward line.

Ahead of the opening game of the season, George told Crewe Alex Player: “I think I have matured a lot from this time last season and I said towards the end of last season that I was surprised with the number of games I played during my debut season.

“To score three goals and travel with the team to the away games was all a bonus for me. I feel settled in the squad now and it is up to me to get into the team.

“I want to play as many games as I can and start more games. It is sometimes difficult coming off the bench because you have 20 minutes to make an impact and you can try a bit hard, take people on and have shots from distances that you perhaps wouldn’t normally. I am learning all the time.

George added: “I am still only 18 and have time on my side and in reality this is my first year as a professional.”

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