Coming to the NRL can be daunting for an overseas player given the expectation but after a terrific start to his 2015 season, St George Illawarra Dragons prop Mike Cooper is here to stay.
The Englishman has been a leader of the forward pack for the Dragons and has signed a new deal that will see him remain with the club until the end of the 2017 season.
Playing in 32 games for the Dragons to date after joining from the Warrington Wolves, Cooper has played in a grand total of 154 games across different leagues to date.
Named in the English Four Nations squad last season, the Latchford Albion junior knew that it was an easy decision to make in terms of remaining with the club.
“It was a very easy decision for me to make in regards to extending my stay here with the Dragons,â€ said Cooper.
â€I didnâ€™t put too much pressure on myself when I first came out here, I just wanted to make the starting 17 and play NRL and things have gone from there.
“The players and the coaching staff are first class and I think everyone is getting the best out of me, my game is developing here and I just really want to be a part of the future here at the Dragons.”
Forging a reputation on hard work and hard hits, Cooper has become a mainstay in the Dragons side and the club are pleased to have retained him.
â€œMike is a quality person, he has adapted well and has really improved his game in the Dragons and NRL environment,â€ said the Dragons Director of Recruitment and Retention, Peter Mulholland.
â€œHe is an enthusiastic and important part of our squad and everyone at the Club is happy to see him remain for at least a further two seasons.”