Aussie youth international joins Jets

Newcastle Jets have moved to bolster their depleted roster with the capture of young Australian attacker, Travis Cooper, for the remainder of the season.

The 21-year-old youth international can play as a striker or right-winger and arrives in the Hunter having spent the last three years with Dutch side VVV Venlo.

Following the recent injury to local winger James Virgili, Jets coach Phil Stubbins moved to add Cooper to his squad.

Stubbins said: “Travis is an exciting player who has had the challenge of living overseas and no doubt that has helped him grow up and improve. He is now looking to fulfil his potential and establish himself in the Hyundai A-League.”

“He has had some great experience and feedback in the national youth set-up and we see him as almost a like-for-like replacement for James.

“He can play wide right, he’s dynamic and quick and I am pleased there is young Australian boy available to sign in that mould.

“It is good to bring some new energy into the squad. No doubt Travis will be eager to show what he can do and prove he can be a future Hyundai A-League player.”

Cooper represented Australia at Under 20, Under 22 and Under 23 level.

In November last year he scored for the Australian Under 22 team against China at the 'Wuhan City of Automobile' International Youth Football Tournament.

“It’s great to be back in Australia,” Cooper said.

“I know that playing in the A-League is going to be a massive challenge, but I do not shy away from challenges and I am looking forward to it.

“Living on my own in Holland was a great experience – the Dutch style of play is very tactical and technical and I think my game has improved a lot in those aspects.

“I want to show the Jets fans that I am a hard-working, determined player. I like one-on-ones and taking on my man, but first and foremost I am a team player and I want to help the Jets do well and get some results.”