Mitch Cooper

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Mitch Cooper
Personal information
Full name Mitch Cooper
Date of birth (1994-09-18) 18 September 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth Vanuatu
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Newcastle Jets
Number 19
Youth career
2010–2012 Gold Coast United
2011 QAS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Gold Coast United 6 (1)
2012 Newcastle Jets Youth 5 (0)
2012– Newcastle Jets 5 (0)
National team
2011– Australia U-17 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 April 2013

Mitch Cooper (born 18 September 1994 in Vanuatu) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Newcastle Jets in the A-League.

Club career[edit]

Gold Coast United[edit]

In 2010 he signed with the Gold Coast United who play in the A-League.[1] On 15 February 2012 it was announced that would be handed the captaincy for the round 21 match against Melbourne Heart on his professional debut at only the age of 17 years and 152 days.

He become the youngest captain in A-League history.[2] Team owner Clive Palmer made the decision when regular captain Michael Thwaite was suspended and 14 senior players were unavailable due to many reasons including injury. Coach Miron Bleiberg publicly supported the choice, but was later suspended from coaching for a week by Palmer after the club was unhappy that Bleiberg had described the appointment as "ceremonial".

Assistant coach Mike Mulvey was named as the interim coach.[3]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

On 25 May Cooper signed a two-year contract with the Newcastle Jets.[4]

International career[edit]

He has represented the Australia national under-17 association football team including four matches at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[5]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 23 September 2014
Club Season League1 Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gold Coast United 2011–12 6 1 6 1
Total 6 1 0 0 6 1
Newcastle Jets 2012–13 5 0 5 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1

1 – includes A-League final series statistics

Personal life[edit]

At the age of 8, he moved from Vanuatu to a small island located near New Zealand. When he was 13 he moved with his family to Australia and settled on the Sunshine Coast. At the age of 16 he transferred to The Southport School where he completed his senior education. During his time at The Southport School he was given the nickname "Mitch Kooka". It is also reported that within his social crew he was ranked no. 4 of 4 correlating with his status within his gorup. Close colleagues chanted things such a "when i say mitch - you say Kooka" and he regulaly got beaten in table tennis by UJ. [6]