Transfer window: Shaun Cooper seals Torquay United switch

Shaun Cooper

Torquay have signed former Bournemouth and Portsmouth defender Shaun Cooper in new manager Chris Hargreaves' first permanent signing at Plainmoor.

The versatile 30-year-old has signed until the end of the season, with the option of an extra year.

Cooper had been on a short-term deal with Portsmouth, but has joined the Gulls as a free agent.

He started his career at Pompey before moving to Bournemouth, for whom he made more than 200 appearances.

A six-month stay at Crawley Town followed in 2012 before Cooper had a trial at Plainmoor in the summer of 2013, under former manager Alan Knill, but failed to win a contract.

He is expected to go straight into the squad for the crucial League Two clash with bottom-of-the-table Northampton on Saturday.

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