BRIGHOUSE TOWN have a new recruit in the form of Tommy Cooney.
Moving from Bromley, London, the 20-year-old is now living in Leeds with friends.
Originally from Galway, he started playing aged six for Sligo Rovers before eventually being scouted at the age of 15.
Upon turning 16, he made the move to Fulham for trials during pre-season and was signed with the Adidas Academy scholarship programme.
It was from there that he went on to play for Brentford for two years before going to Millwall on trial. But injury struck with a recurring grade two groin strain and he was released from the club.
Under agents Dave Sharpe and Ian Kimber, he had trials with Bury and Shrewsbury, as well as holding talks with Guiseley.
But he was recommended to drop down a division to get his fitness back up, and after Brighouse assistant manager Mark Booth got in touch, he signed on the dotted line for the club.
He played for 72 minutes in the West Riding County Cup game on Monday evening at home to Harrogate Town.
Back home in Ireland are his dad Tommy, mum Pauline and 10-year old sister Aisling.
His father comes over for as many matches as possible.
“My mum and sister can’t make games with my sister being at school and when it gets to the summer holidays the season is over but my dad travels and it’s nice to have his support,” said Cooney.
Cooney attended Castlioen High School back in Ireland and if he doesn’t make it professionally in football would like to study to be a personal trainer, but the left-sided midfielder is determined to make it in the professional game.
“I want to get a season with the club under my belt, as I need to get my fitness back up and I have a programme from when I was at Millwall that I follow,” added Cooney.
“I keep in touch with the Brentford manager but I can’t see me returning to the club.
“But, hopefully, when I am back fully fit I can then start to get back to where I want to be, but until then I am happy to be playing at Brighouse.
“They are a good set of lads and have all made me feel very welcome.
“I should be in the squad for Saturday and I look forward to getting plenty of game time in for the club.”
Town supporters did notice on Monday that he also has an attacking flair and a tidy shot on him.
Under the management team of Paul Quinn, Mark Booth and Rob Wilson he should become a valuable member of the squad.