Ultimate Windows sponsored Billingham Stars

ULTIMATE WINDOWS-sponsored Billingham Stars today welcome back a familiar face in Scott Cooper, as the versatile defenceman returns to the North East after two seasons away with Solway Sharks and Widnes Wild.

After spending his junior years with both the Bombers and Newcastle Vipers youth teams, Cooper played for the Vipers senior ENL side before departing down South and icing for Slough Jets for three seasons. When he returned to the North East in 2014, Cooper laced them up for Whitley Warriors for two years before deciding to swap Tyneside for Teesside in 2016. After just a single campaign with the Stars, Cooper moved on again, this time north of the Border to Solway, and then across to Widnes where he spent last season, racking up 11 League points on the way to a D2 League Championship medal. Used largely at the back, Cooper has the ability to push up front if necessary, making him a useful man to have in the squad.

Cooper shared his thoughts on his return to the Forum:

So welcome back to the Stars – you’ve chosen to return to the North East after a couple of seasons away at Solway and then Widnes. Was your decision to leave Widnes a difficult one?

"I've had a couple of seasons away from Teesside due to work committments but I'm now back based in the North East and glad to be back with the Stars."

You’ve come back to Billingham having spent a season in N2 – did you notice much difference in the skill level?

"In terms of the skill level the top teams like Widnes and Telford there wasn't much difference - it was the pace and physical side of the game which is the main difference in D2 with a lot of development teams in the League."

You’ve spent time on both Teesside and Tyneside – are you looking forward to the prospect of playing in the derby games once again?

"I can't wait for the derby and with both teams in the Cup there are even more of those nights on the calendar which is great news for the fans I'm sure."

Finally – it’s a new era in many ways at the Stars with a new coaching set-up, new players coming through the ranks and some familiar faces no longer here. What do you think we can achieve and do you have any personal goals?

"I think we have a good mix of some old heads still that have been in and around the League for some time as well some young lads that made the step up last year and I'm sure have earned their spot this year because of their performances. I think we can certainly push for top three as a minimum and if we can make the Forum a difficult place to visit again that will stand us in good stead. As for personal goals, I'm just happy to be here and I'll do anything i can to help the team throughout the season."

Glad to see you back on Teesside Coops!

The Stars will be making more player announcements in the coming days and weeks, as well as news about our Juniors.

Want to get involved? Ice hockey is growing in popularity like never before, with it’s profile raised due to the success of Great Britain gaining promotion to – and consequently staying in – the Elite group at the World Championships. The Stars offer a variety of sponsorship packages that can provide excellent value-for-money advertising and brand presence for local firms – get in touch with allen@flavellwelding.co.uk for more details.

Can YOU house a hockey player next season? The club is looking for anyone who can offer accommodation from August to April next year. Please contact allen@flavellwelding.co.uk if you think you may be able to help.