Matt Cooper
Dragon for life

Matt Cooper wants to play on until 2012

Veteran centre Matt Cooper is determined to settle a new deal with St George Illawarra that will see him remain a Dragon for life.

The 31-year-old, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Dragons, has revealed his intention to play on until at least the end of 2012.

Cooper has been in the red and white for almost 12 years and has no desire to leave his home town of Wollongong, where he has established a clothing business in Crown Street Mall.

But the Dragons, who signed Cooper’s centre partner Mark Gasnier midway through last year, could be forced to offload the Illawarra junior, with backs Darius Boyd, Jason Nightingale, Kyle Stanley, Peni Tagive and Bronx Goodwin all off contract at the end of next year.

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“I would love to stay here at this great club and be a one-club man for my career.

“I’m feeling great, the mind’s feeling good and after the grand final win I’m just more motivated to go on.”

The image of Cooper in another NRL jersey would be a sad sight for Dragons fans, however they don’t have to worry about him joining a long list of quality Australians in England.

Read more at the Illawarra Mercury