Date:Thursday July 5 2012
Former AFC Bournemouth captain Shaun Cooper has turned down a contract to remain at Dean Court and has left the club.
Since the end of last season the versatile defender, who has played almost 250 games for the Cherries since joining the club in August 2005, has been thinking over a new contract offer.
It had previously been reported that Cooper was contracted to the Cherries until the summer of 2013, when the Daily Echo reported in February 2011 that he had signed a new two and a half year contract, shortly after former manager Lee Bradbury had taken over as boss following Eddie Howe's departure to Burnley.
But part of that original contract was a 12 month option, if triggered by 31st March.
Neither the Cherries nor Cooper triggered the option, so Cooper and the club opened fresh contract talks.
Cooper was offered a reduced one year deal, which he officially turned down on 1st July following his previous deal expiring on 30th June.
Former Cherries boss Sean O'Driscoll is reportedly interested in signing Cooper for League One rivals Crawley Town.
Cooper told the Daily Echo...
'...I explained to Paul (Groves) that I felt the one-year offer wasn`t good enough, but the club wasn`t prepared to budge so I turned it down.
"He knew full well that I wouldn`t be in (for training) on Monday as I am no longer an AFC Bournemouth player...'
'...It`s disappointing because I didn`t want to leave and the club knew I didn`t want to leave, but I felt I deserved two years...'
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