Truro City forward Cody Cooke says he won’t let the growing interest shown in him by Football League clubs distract him as he spearheads the White Tigers promotion challenge.
The 24-year-old from Penryn, who lectures in sport at Exeter College and graduated from Plymouth University, has been a revelation for City this season since switching from midfield to a central striking role and with 11 goals is the National League South side’s joint top scorer, alongside strike partner Tyler Harvey. And Cooke’s superb form has attracted the interest of higher level clubs, with Gillingham, Bradford City, Grimsby Town, Forest Green Rovers, Northampton Town and Barnet all said to have watched him in recent weeks.
The 6ft 1in target man, who is due to make his 250th City appearance at Whitehawk on Saturday week, is in his seventh season at Treyew Road since making his debut as a 17-year-old substitute in a 4-1 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville in August 2011. He is under contract at Treyew until the end of the season and said that becoming a full-time professional would be a “dream come true”.
If he does get signed up he would follow in the footsteps of another former City forward Isaac Vassell, who is now with Birmingham City after a £1 million move from Luton Town, though he is currently out of action with a long term injury. But Cooke’s main focus now is helping City to promotion to the National League, with the team currently fifth in the table.
He said: “These are exciting times both for me and the team. I have known for a few weeks that clubs have been watching me, but I am determined to focus on doing my best for Truro.
“It is no good thinking about who is watching you and I would rather not know until after the game. I think if anything happens it is more likely to be in the summer, when I am out of contract, as clubs would have to pay a transfer fee for me now.
“It is something you dream about as a kid and I thought at 24 the chance had gone. I am really happy here and we have a great chance of getting promotion.
“We will just have to wait and see what happens.”
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