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Swansea City midfielder makes statement on first-team desire after impressive loan stint

Swansea City talent Ollie Cooper has set his sights on a first-team breakthrough at the Stadium ahead of the new season.

Swansea City man Cooper spent the 2021/22 season out on loan with Newport County.

The Derby-born attacking midfielder managed an impressive 10 assists in 35 outings for the Exiles, also chipping in with one goal. His strong performances at Rodney Parade will only boost his chances of a first-team breakthrough with the Swans, and that’s exactly what he has his eyes on.

Speaking with the club’s official website upon their return to training, Cooper stated that he is keen to keep playing first-team football.

He said he hopes he can do that with Swansea City moving forward, though he knows that he has to keep pushing to take himself to the next level before seeing what the new season brings. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:

“There is always more you can do, you always want to do more, you have to have that mentality.

“I have to keep improving, keep looking to that next level and I am looking to try and get more opportunities with Swansea.

“I want to keep playing, I have had an experience of it and I want it to continue. Ideally, I want that to be at Swansea but it’s down to me to work hard to try and make that happen and we will see what comes from that.”

The pathway to the senior side…

Russell Martin has shown a willingness to give young players the chance to stake a claim for a regular starting spot, be it products of Swansea City’s youth academy or signings from elsewhere.

Pre-season gives talented players like Cooper the perfect opportunity to prove they deserve a first-team spot in the forthcoming season. As the Welshman says himself, it will be up to him to put in the work to prove he has earned that spot.

If he isn’t deemed ready for a first-team role yet, you’d fancy Cooper to head out on loan again. A step up to League One could be best for his development after impressing in League Two, but it remains to be seen what Martin and co have planned for him this summer.

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