Belfast Telegraph

I've come to Windsor to win trophies for Linfield, says ex Glenavon ace Joel Cooper


By Graham Luney

Joel Cooper says he's confident he can get Linfield back in the business of winning silverware.

David Healy's side endured a frustrating trophyless campaign and the Blues boss is looking to put another title winning jigsaw together.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed in January that Cooper had agreed a three year pre-contract deal with the Windsor Park side and the Blues published photographs of the former Glenavon ace in his new team's gear this week.

"I know competition for places will be tough and I know this club is expected to be winning trophies, but I came here to aim to bring silverware to the club," said Cooper.

"I believe I will thrive under the pressure and I'm looking forward to the opportunity of playing at the impressive Windsor Park stadium on a regular basis.

"I'm delighted to have signed for Linfield and it will be great to play for the biggest club in the country."

The deal marks a return to Windsor for Cooper as he turned out for the Linfield Academy as a youngster.

Healy commented: "I know everyone is looking forward to seeing him wear those Linfield colours in action in a few weeks time."

Another fresh face at Linfield is striker Jonathan Smith, who joins in a two-year contract from Big Two rivals Glentoran. The 20-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Carrick Rangers after also agreeing a pre-contract with the south Belfast side in January.

"Competition for places will be tough but I'm looking forward to the challenge," Smith told the club's website.

"I just want to work hard and show the manager what I'm capable of. I want to help this club win trophies.

"Players come here to win trophies and I know that the manager and all the staff are focused on bringing success to the club in the season ahead."

Linfield have also snapped up Lorcan Forde from Warrenpoint Town and handed seasoned keeper Roy Carroll a new one-year deal.

Meanwhile, winger Eamon McAllister has returned to Ards for a third spell and left-back Craig McClean has joined the North Down men from Crusaders.

Another new arrival is midfielder Kym Nelson, who joins from Glentoran.

Former Ards goalkeeper Aaron Hogg and midfielder Craig McMillen have, meanwhile, linked up with their ex-boss Niall Currie at Carrick Rangers.

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