Glenavon's Joel Cooper heading to the U.S.

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Cooper made his last visit to Mourneview Park on Tuesday

By Richard O'Reilly

Northern Ireland U21 international Joel Cooper made his final visit to Mourneview Park on Tuesday night.

The 21 year old is heading to the United States to take up a two and a half year soccer scholarship.

The frontman will study for a degree at the University of New Hampshire.

Speaking to the club's official website Cooper says it's a great opportunity.

"I hope to get selected for the College team which is the top division of college soccer in the States" said Cooper "the University has a few affiliated teams from the MLS."

"The club took a risk on me when they signed me a couple of years ago" added Cooper "so I’ve a lot to thank everybody at the club for".

He said he's sad to see his time at Mourneview coming to an end, adding that the Irish Cup in 2016 win stands out as a particular highlight.

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