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Matt Edwards
Wednesday 19 June 2019

Manager Mark Cooper believes that Forest Green Rovers have gained two players ready to give their all for the shirt following the double capture of striker Aaron Collins and midfielder Ebou Adams on Tuesday.

Adams, a Gambian international, had to drop down to the National League from Norwich City in order to get a full season of playing time under his belt.

The 23-year-old always backed himself to return to the EFL and Cooper is looking forward to getting him on the training pitch in July and working with him to fulfil his true potential.

“Having spoken to him, he was desperate to get back into the League and wanted to make the move whatever,” Cooper said.

“He played for Gambia last week against Morocco in a full international and has got real qualities that will add to the group of players we’ve got.

“Rich and myself try to identify players that have got potential because we can’t get the finished article. They wouldn’t come to Forest Green if they were the finished article.

“We have to get players that we see will fit into what we do and I have to coach the players, along with Scott, and work with them and make them better.

“As he is now, he gives something to us but I can get on the training pitch and work with him and make him even better.”

Collins is another who got a big move at an early age, signing with Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers at the age of 18.

In January, after a succession of loan moves, he took the tough decision to terminate his contract at Molineux and moved to Morecambe, where he slept on a sofa bed, in order to kick start his career, scoring eight goals and getting four assists in 15 appearances for the Shrimpers.

“With the younger players, if you take Reece Brown as an example, they get to a point in their young careers that they realise the penny has to drop and they have to kick on,” added Cooper.

“I think Collins is the same. He got a big move to Wolves, didn’t quite happen for him and had some loan spells and then I think he has realised now that it is time to knuckle down.

“He went to Morecambe, was outstanding and caused havoc when we played them up there.

“He is intelligent, in terms of his football play, and will another, exciting addition.”

With Collins’ addition, Cooper believes the club’s business, in terms of his strikeforce, is done for the summer.

With Taylor Allen and Collins added to last season’s forwards, who netted the fifth highest goals in the division, Cooper is confident with what he now has at his disposal.

“I think we’re done in terms of forwards,” he said.

“We are quite flexible in terms of how we play, we can play with a lot of forwards, we can play with none.

“We’ve got enough attacking options at the top of the pitch now.

“”We’ve got some great talent with Junior, Willo, who I think is going to have a massive season, Shawn, Aaron and Christian.

“We’ve got an attacking threat, they are all a really good age for us and I think they are all desperate to be with us.”