Matt Cooper

He may not play in State of Origin anymore, but Dragons centre Matt Cooper is still one of the game’s elite centres, despite persistent injury so far this year – but he has denied that he has any plans to retire, like reports suggest.

With a host of rumours out and about that Cooper is set to retire immediately, the man himself vehemently denied such rumours, and says he has no second-thoughts about signing on for a second year.

“Not at all, I was enjoying my football last year, so that’s why I signed for two years,” he said.

“This year obviously hasn’t been as good, but I’m still keen to make it work. To be honest, I haven’t even heard those rumours – that’s the first I’ve heard of it.

“I signed a two-year deal last year and I’m really keen to see that out.”

Cooper, who has only played in 8 of the Dragons 13 games so far this season due to injury, is only just finding his form once more – and says that now is the perfect opportunity for he and the Dragons team, to go on a bit of a run.

“I’m feeling fresh coming back to training and it’s good to be back,” he said.

“The break helps us all, it’s good to freshen up the legs and also the mind.”

By ricky

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