Hartlepool United confirm loan signing of Rotherham United defender Jake Cooper

Hartlepool United have confirmed the loan signing of Rotherham United defender Jake Cooper until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 4:33 pm

The 21-year-old hasn’t made a competitive appearance for The Millers this season but featured 14 times on loan for National League North side Gateshead.

The centre-back also played for The Heed during their 2019-20 play-off campaign, scoring a key goal in their play-off eliminator match at Brackley Town.

Cooper’s arrival helps bolster Pools’ options at the back and he will be available for Saturday’s trip to Torquay United.

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Jake Cooper of Gateshead scores the first goal during the Vanarama National League North Play-Off match between Brackley Town and Gateshead at St. James Park on July 19, 2020 in Brackley, England. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following the loan signing, Pools boss Dave Challinor told the club website: “Jake is someone we looked at earlier in the season.

"He has great experience for someone still young. We never felt like we replaced Tyler [Magloire] after he left so we are delighted to bring Jake in.

"There are injuries to the squad and if called upon tomorrow, I know Jake can fit right in.”

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