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JAKE COOPER
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  • JAKE COOPER
  • DEFENDER

UPDATED 11:51 24th August 2015

A towering young defender, Cooper is highly rated by the Royals.

The 6’4” defender, who received call-ups to the England U18s squad, led from the back as the Academy stars reached the Elite League Final in 2012/13, making 30 appearances at centre-half and scoring four goals along the way.

Powerful in the air but assured with the ball at his feet, Cooper confidently made the step up to the U21s squad that season, playing four times and scoring a late winner in a 1-0 win against Stoke City back in March.

He continued to develop in the U21s side during 2013/14 despite suffering injury, and was included in the first team squad that travelled to a midlands training camp in summer 2014.

The 2014/15 season was a successful one for Cooper as he made the breakthrough form the U21’s to the senior team. The youngster made 19 appearances for Reading in all competitions that season including scoring both goals in a 2-1 away win in the Championship at high flyers Norwich, establishing himself as an important member of the squad.

During 2015/16 Cooper was a mainstay within the defensive line, making 30 appearances across the league and cup he netted against Sheffield Wednesday in January and Hull city in April to take his goal tally up to four for the Royals.

That season he also earned a call-up to the England U20s squad in March, making his debut for the side against Canada.

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