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Brandon Cooper named EFL Young Player of the Month

The on-loan Newport County defender scoops the October prize after standout performances

20 November 2020

On-loan Newport County defender, Brandon Cooper, has been named October's EFL Young Player of the Month.

Having only made his League debut in September, the 20-year-old's fine form contributed to three clean sheets last month as Newport moved to the top of the Sky Bet League Two standings.

Speaking exclusively to the EFL upon receiving the award, Cooper was naturally delighted to have been recognised for his performances.

"It's a great honour," he said. "Personally, it's a proud moment for me, and hopefully I can carry on churning out good displays. I think it's down to the manager and the faith he's shown in me since my debut against Scunthorpe.

"He's given me an opportunity to show what I can do. It feels like I've been at Newport for ages already with the games coming quickly, but I'm loving every minute of playing for the club and manager."

October also brought Cooper's first professional goal in his side's 2-1 win over Harrogate on Halloween, but it's at the other end of the pitch where he takes true pride from his work.

"I was delighted to score a late winner in that game, it was an important goal and a bit of a relief to get off the mark. But I've got a little list at home of my clean sheets, I'm ticking them off and trying to set myself some goals.

"We kept three in a row in October, and each time it's like scoring a goal for us defenders and goalkeepers. It's a great feeling to get your job done. 

"We'd love to get into League One for next season, it would be unreal. It's a long old season and so we can't get carried away; we've got to just rack up the points and keep doing what we're doing."

The youngster is grateful for the opportunity given to him by his parent club, Swansea City, and says he is already feeling the positive effects of his loan, but is determined to stay grounded.

"I'm benefitting massively. In the short time I've been here, I've learned so much already and so many players have come into League Two and used it as a platform. If I can do anything in that direction, that would be amazing, but I'm focusing on the present and winning games for Newport.

"I've grown up with Swansea, having been there since I was six, so if one day I can have a successful career there, that would be great. That won't happen unless I don't focus on the here and now."

Congratulations, Brandon!

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