Ex-Birmingham City youngster Charlie Cooper says he is “waiting for his chance” at Newport County, after only a handful of appearances while on loan from Forest Green Rovers so far this season.
Cooper has made eight league appearances for County this season, and the 21-year-old knows he must be patient for first-team opportunities at Rodney Parade.
“I obviously haven’t started the games that I would want to start but with the team doing so well and getting results, I can’t complain. It’s a squad game, nobody can moan that they’re not in the team, you just have to wait for your chance.
“Football is a crazy game, and everyone will get put in at some point. I’ve played a couple of the cup matches and come off the bench in League Two – I’m getting my head down, working hard in training and waiting for my chance.”
He started in County’s CheckaTrade Trophy win over Chelsea Under-21s, and Cooper hopes it could be a start to force a way into Mike Flynn’s side.
“I thought we put on a really good performance against Chelsea U21s in the CheckaTrade Trophy (September 25th).
“We showed that we’re capable of going in on a Saturday and doing exactly the same.”
Back at parent club Forest Green, Cooper, as well as father Mark, came in for a lot of criticism last season. There were a number of accusations, suggesting there was favouritism going on at The New Lawn, with Charlie benefitting from his father’s role as manager at the club. Despite being away from his father’s management, Cooper hasn’t escaped the harsh nature of League Two fines.
“I’m not the best and have probably paid the most in fines since I joined the club. I’ll be honest and admit that virtually every fine catches me out.
“I just forget things, there’s loads that catch me out, stuff like not weighing in before training and flip-flops in the shower. It’s the little things I get caught out with, anything I have to think about really!”
Fines or no fines, Cooper will want to see his name on Flynn’s team sheet on a more regular basis.