Cooper and Boyle back for Whitley Warriors

Scott Cooper, left, in action for Whitley Warriors. Picture by Colin Edwards

Scott Cooper, left, in action for Whitley Warriors. Picture by Colin Edwards

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Scott Cooper and Jordan Boyle will be part of Whitley Warriors’ squad for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.

Both players were part of the club’s set-up last year under the guidance of player-coach David ‘Lobby’ Longstaff and assistant coach Dave Holland.

Cooper linked up with Whitley back in the summer of 2015 and has established himself as a crucial member of the roster who can operate in both forward and defensive positions.

He is more than capable of picking up points when given the licence to attack, while he is also more than adept in protecting his team’s goal in defensive situations.

Unfortunately Cooper suffered a serious injury towards the end of last term which kept him out of Warriors’ last few games.

Cooper said: “My progress has been better than we all expected following my injury at the end of last season. I just want to say a massive thank you to all the fans and people who went out of their way to wish me well.

“Also thanks to all the lads on the team who have supported me every step of the way.

“I’m hoping to back to training at some point over the coming weeks in time for the start of the season, but I won’t know how I feel for sure until I’m back on the ice.

“I obviously thought about stopping playing all together, but it was always in the back of my mind to come back if I felt I could.

“I can’t wait to get started again. We have unfinished business in the league with narrowly missing out on top spot and the play-offs, but I think with that experience from last season it will help us this year.

“I still see myself as a forward in many ways as I’m still learning the ins and outs of being a D man, but I’m happy to help the team out in anyway I can.

“Dave and Lobby where great last year in helping me progress as an all round player.”

Young goaltender Boyle will also be part of the Warriors squad next season.

He has been in around the senior team since the 2012-13 season when he provided back-up on a number of occasions.

Boyle has since gone on to appear for Warriors in a number of games as well as gaining experience from a spell with Solway Sharks in the 2014-15 term when he started a significant number of games for the side from the Scottish Borders.

It is thought Boyle will provide cover for Richie Lawson this season, and given that fellow young goalie Mark Turnbull has opted to move to North America, Boyle could well see more first team opportunities come his way during the course of the season.