Barry Town United have confirmed today that defender Luke Cooper has signed a new deal at the Vale of Glamorgan outfit.
Cooper was part of the Barry side who had the best defence in the league last season as they were promoted back to the Welsh Premier League for the first time in 13-years.
Chesterfield’s side had conceded just 18 times in 30 outings as they stormed to the Welsh League Division title by five points from Penybont.
The 24 year-old arrived at the club in July 2016 and scored his first goal in the 5-2 win over Caldicot Town in September 2016, and was pivotal as Barry reached the Nathaniel MG Cup final and were promoted in the same season.
He has had a key influence this season, too, with Barry having a relatively good start back to life in the Welsh Premier League, and are currently ninth in the league.
Cooper scored his first goal in the JD Welsh Premier League as they defeated Cardiff Met in their local Derby at Jenner Park during a 1-0 win over their arch-nemesis and has been a rock for the club at the back once again this season, playing alongside Curtis Watkins and Ryan Evans.
Clearly happy to get the deal done, Cooper expressed his delight at penning down a new long-term deal with the Vale of Glamorgan outfit when speaking to Barry Town United’s official website.
He said: “I’m pleased to have agreed a long-term contract with the club”, commented Cooper, this week.
“From the moment I signed, I felt at home”.
“I’ve been lucky to have experienced some great moments over the last 18 months with the club and I’m looking forward to adding to those memories starting with making a big impact on Phase Two”.
“I’ve grown a lot on and off the field in the last 18 months at the club and I’m looking forward to carrying on that improvement under the management team”.
Chesterfield also commented and admitted that he believes the best is still to come from one of Barry’s most prized assets, playing at the heart of the back-line.
The Barry manager said: ” Luke has grown considerably in his time with us and I’m delighted that his development will continue with us in the long term”
“It’s easy to forget that Luke is still young, as he’s such a big character around the changing room.”
In my opinion, the best is yet to come and I look forward to helping him achieve personal and team goals.”
(Featured image: Rhys Skinner)