Cooper To Bridge The Gap
by Wayne Raper - 15th October 2010
Mark Cooper has made the first of his two protracted loan signings today, with the arrival of experienced left winger Marc Bridge-Wilkinson from neighbours Carlisle United on an initial one-month loan.
Bridge-Wilkinson has spent the majority of his career in the bottom two divisions after his release from Derby, the club from which he graduated, but it will be his first stint in non-league football. Throughout his career Marc has managed a decent haul of goals from his left sided position and averages almost a goal every 5 games, however Cooper sees him more as the man to provide the plethora of tall forwards at the club with ammunition.
The arrival of 31-year-old Bridge-Wilkinson, and the return of Chris Moore from his loan spell at Spennymoor points to yet another change in formation for this weekend's visit to Field Mill, Mansfield. Cooper hasn't had much to choose from in terms of consistent, experienced wingers so far this season which is probably why he's not utilised the formation apart from sporadic attempts where Josh Gray has played on the left and a more central player has been asked to play wide right.
Bridge-Wilkinson could take the so far unclaimed number 3 shirt - the now shamefully departed Dominik Werling preferred number 55 and there has been rumours that the club may retire the shirt as a tribute to his mother (she's ill you know)!!
The other player who Cooper had hoped to tie up on a loan deal, widely believed to be a fomer Quakers favourite, has been put on hold while the defender considers his options, it is thought that there's at least one other club interested - and they are from a higher division.