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Stephens expresses anger after St Day make approach for defender Cooper
Falmouth Town manager Robbie Stephens has expressed his anger after learning that St Day have made an approach for first team central defender Joe Cooper, and says the club may yet lodge a formal complaint with the Cornwall FA.
Cooper, who joined Falmouth from Combination League side Hayle in the summer, has been an ever present in Town's starting lineup this season, and were he to leave Town have no immediately obvious replacement.
But Stephens said St Day had not contacted him about the player, and he had only found out that Cooper wanted to leave on Wednesday night.
"He sent me a text message to say he was joining St Day," said Stephens, "and I sent one back saying I was disappointed to hear that, but I've had no approach, they've not spoken to us at all, and they've not put seven days in for him so I don't know what the situation is."
Stephens added: "I'm thinking about getting our secretary to make a formal complaint about it. I have no idea what's happening in Cornish football at the moment with this kind of thing, but it has to stop. I feel we have to speak to the CCFA about it because it's absolutely ludicrous.
News of clubs sniffing around Falmouth's first team players will no doubt bring back bad memories for Town fans, who saw several squad members leave last season in the wake of former manager Alan Carey's resignation.
Falmouth face a crunch tie with bottom club Cullompton Rangers on Saturday, and it's a game Stephens said his side must win.
"We desperately need to go up there and get three points," he said. "And to be honest, we'd expect to, but things like this don't help."