Cooper makes Pompey exit

Shaun Cooper. Picture: Joe Pepler
Shaun Cooper. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Shaun Cooper has left Pompey.

The utility man yesterday made his Fratton farewells having not been offered an extension to his current deal.

It is understood the 30-year-old is now in talks with another League Two side with a view to signing.

Cooper had been keen to remain on the south coast for what was his third spell at the club where he rose through the ranks.

Yet with Richie Barker revamping his squad, the former Bournemouth player has now departed after 11 appearances this season.

It leaves Marcos Painter as the only remaining player whose short-term future is unclear with his contract ending this month.

However, the deal he signed in August does not expire until the middle of next week.

Trevor Carson and Thery Racon have already had their stays extended until the season’s end after impressing Barker since he arrived at the club last month.

Cooper, though, is now seeking new employers having made a total of 32 appearances and scored two goals for Pompey.

News of his departure comes following an untimely injury at Bristol Rovers in what proved to be his final match for the Blues.

Starting at right-back and making his fifth-successive appearance, he tore his hamstring late on and was replaced by Yassin Moutaouakil.

The problem kept Cooper out of the Christmas programme, denying him the chance to stake any further claim to making the plans of Barker.

It was Barker who released him at Crawley this summer at the end of a 12-month deal which included a loan spell with the Blues.

Hailing from the Isle of Wight, he made his first debut for Pompey in the 2001-02 season under Graham Rix.