Yeovil Town have signed the vastly experienced Cardiff City midfielder Kevin Cooper on a month's loan. The 31 year old has found his chances restricted this season after two knee operations and Bluebirds manager Dave Jones feels he needs competitive matches if he is to get back into contention with the Championship side. The Cardiff boss explained:
"Reserve games here will not be as competitive and he's not going to get the same decision-making situations. He needs to test his knee to see whether he's going to be right."
Cooper is Derby-born and started his career with Derby County but could only make a handful of appearances for them. He got his first real test of first team football in 1997 when he moved to Stockport County, initially on loan, signing for £150,000. This was to start his regular association with Dave Jones, who he has worked under at three different clubs.
An 800,000 pound move to Wimbledon (pre-Franchise) followed in 2001 and a year later he landed back under Jones when he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, spending three seasons there transferring for a fee of one million pounds. Whilst at Wolves, he had loan spells at Norwich City and Sunderland and when Jones was appointed as Cardiff boss, he moved for Cooper a third time, making him one of his first signings in July 2005. Last season he played 38 times at Championship level, and overall he has made 361 appearances at Football League scoring 48 times. He usually operates as a winger in midfield.
With doubts over the fitness of Lee Morris for tomorrow's game at Brentford, it is expected that Cooper will travel with the first team squad. A big welcome to Kevin to Huish Park, and we hope he is successful in getting back to full fitness and showing some Championship-level form with the Glovers.
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