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Mark Cooper enjoys a ‘perfect’ ending to Weymouth career

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MARK Cooper enjoyed a “perfect” end to his Weymouth career having left the Terras after a frustrating season.

Cooper went on holiday with several Terras’ players and achieved promotion with Melksham Town, who he had been playing for on dual registration.

When asked if it was a good way to sign off by heading out on a holiday with some of his team-mates Cooper said: “100 per cent, yes.

“I have not seen some of them for a long time because I have been away for so long so it was a perfect end really, especially with me getting promotion with Melksham the season ended on a good high for me. It is just a shame the boys could not get over the line in the play-offs but I see no reason why they cannot achieve exactly what the aim would be.”

Reflecting on his season, Cooper said: “Personally it has been a bit of a disappointing season because I have had a few injuries and suspensions. I had a few personal problems as well but it ended quite well, the last two months I was playing for Melksham which is my home town club and we won promotion to the Southern League which was a nice end to the season really.

“We did well to be fair, we lost a couple towards the end but we basically had to win seven out of seven to get second spot and no one expected us to do it but we did, so it was nice.”

Cooper admits aggravating an injury in his last appearance for Weymouth, a 1-0 defeat to Larkhall in the BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup in January, was frustrating.

This was five weeks after he received a straight red card during a 1-0 win at home against Chesham United, and due to postponements, the ban took just under one-month to be served with the last game of the suspension being the Ridgeway Derby against Dorchester.

Cooper said: “I missed about four weeks with suspension because we had lots of postponements and then obviously being out for another six or seven weeks I was nowhere near match fit and we all just agreed to go and play and get some games and it worked out quite well really.

“I owe a lot to Paul (Maitland) Mose (Mark Molesley) and Tom (Prodomo) and that because they have been good as gold with me, before my sending off I was back to my fitness and that and the team was doing well.

“What probably did not help my cause is that when I was injured for so long the team was doing so good and I did not expect to come back into the team and you probably cannot carry players when they are not up to that fitness level.”

Cooper confirmed that he has left the club on good terms, as he said: “I have left on good terms with Mose and Paul and that and I wish them all of the best and I am still going to stay in touch with the lads.

“I spoke to Mose last week and he just wished me all of the best.

“I left on really good terms, it is a great club I was looked after very very well there and I have got a lot of friends down there.”

Cooper admits he has not decided on his future with his football career but says his next club will be closer to home for him.

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