Mike Cooper pens new deal in NRL with St George

Former Warrington Wolves forward Mike Cooper has committed his future to St George Illawarra Dragons, after agreeing a new two-year deal with the NRL club.

Cooper joined the Dragons ahead of the 2014 season, and impressed during his debut season in the NRL. He has played 32 NRL games since joining, and will now be at the club until the end of 2017 at least.

Cooper was rewarded for his successful first season in the NRL when he was named in the England Lions Four Nations squad at the end of the 2014 season.

“It was a very easy decision for me to make in regards to extending my stay here with the Dragons,” Cooper told the club’s official website.

”I didn’t put too much pressure on myself when I first came out here, I just wanted to make the starting 17 and play NRL and things have gone from there.

“The players and the coaching staff are first class and I think everyone is getting the best out of me, my game is developing here and I just really want to be a part of the future here at the Dragons.”

Dragons Director of Recruitment and Retention Peter Mulholland was happy to see the hard working forward extend his stay at the Club.

“Mike is a quality person, he has adapted well and has really improved his game in the Dragons and NRL environment,” said Mulholland.

“He is an enthusiastic and important part of our squad and everyone at the Club is happy to see him remain for at least a further two seasons.”