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Boss Cook's Son Connor Joins Academy
Monday, 20th Sep 2021 11:17

Connor Cook, the son of Blues boss Paul, has joined the Town academy as a scholar, TWTD can reveal.

Cook first featured for the U18s during pre-season and has been in and around Adem Atay’s squad since their Professional Development League Two South campaign got under way.

The 17-year-old lined up in right midfield in the pre-season friendly away against Essex side May & Baker but is understood to be able to operate in a variety of positions. He is believed to have previously been with Wigan's youth set-up.

Town’s U18s remain top of PDL2 South with no league games having been played this weekend when they were in Professional Development League Cup action, losing 6-2 at Coventry with Fin Barbrook and Archie Kieran on the scoresheet. They host QPR at Playford Road in the league on Saturday.

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Tufty added 11:42 - Sep 20
Good luck boy. Work hard and gel quickly.

JewellintheTown added 12:09 - Sep 20
Don't understand the vitriolic comments of "fans" on here sometimes.
Plenty of kids of players or staff that have come through town - off the top of my head I can think Richard Wright (Harry) and Jason Dozell (Andre) kids for starters, plus Andy Rhodes (Jordan)
Don't see the difference here, but because its Cook its somehow worthy of sarcastic comments.
Good luck to the kid and welcome aboard, I say. Show us and the negative "fans" what you've got.

johnwarksshorts added 12:10 - Sep 20
Good luck to the lad. If he has a cultured left foot like his Dad he will be an asset to us.

johnwarksshorts added 12:12 - Sep 20
Jewellintown..I think comments are more tongue in cheek than vitriolic, you'll notice the wink wink emoji on the first comment. I know where you are coming from though.

bluesteal74 added 12:13 - Sep 20
Good luck lad 🙏

Rozeeboy74 added 12:19 - Sep 20
Sometimes these lads have to work twice as hard to prove their point that they are worth selection.

spanishblue added 12:33 - Sep 20
If he has the same enthusiasm as his old man has on the sidelines he won’t go far wrong, I’m sure we all had perks at work many guys at my places kids got jobs at there place of work good luck kid may you have great future we are all hoping Dad becomes a legend at Town just remember our great managers Sir Alf, Sir Bobby,Mr Burley without doubt 2 of the very best (Sirs)and George gave us some fond memories

Europablue added 12:34 - Sep 20
It would be weird if he was suddenly in first team contention, but it does only seem natural for a son to be based where his Dad and presumably the family home are. There are definitely genetics involved, so if the father was a good player, there is a good chance that the son will be too.

Gforce added 13:05 - Sep 20
At least he hasn't followed his dad on the hair front !!

Saxonblue74 added 13:15 - Sep 20
Let's hope it doesn't spoil the broth??!! Sorry, couldn't resist!

JewellintheTown added 13:36 - Sep 20
Apologies, Chris_ITFC. Didnt realise in your case it was a joke. Difficult to tell intentions of specific comments sometimes.

BlueandTruesince82 added 13:38 - Sep 20

I was also v tongue in cheek. Really was just a joke.

brian_a_mul added 13:51 - Sep 20
Its down to Paul Cook and his family relocating to Ipswich. He is only a kid and it makes sence he joins our academy and progresses from here. If he has his dads energy, passion and commitment, he could go on to be a decent player. Best of luck in Academy Connor!

IpswichT62OldBoy added 15:33 - Sep 20
I could understand unhappiness if he was with Narch youths

ipswich134 added 15:43 - Sep 20
All the best ! Hope you will progress well Cook.

midastouch added 16:18 - Sep 20
Good luck to him. Often the dad is better than the son but not always. Look at Haaland for example. Nigel Clough turned out well too although apparently Brian was a cracking player in his day (never had the pleasure of seeing Brain play as he was before my time). But I do certainly remember he was a hell of a manager!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:51 - Sep 20
Only good news as far as I can see. Good luck to the lad. I'm sure he won't get any preferential treatment. If Cookie succeeds, then his son may just add to the legacy and we get the kind of continuation and connection in our club that we all want.

istanblue added 20:28 - Sep 20
''Oi dad, gis a job''

itk92 added 10:10 - Sep 21
Honestly please don’t even reply to these negative comments guys.
Textbook never played and don’t understand surporters Suffolk seems to have a lot of.

WonTheCupin78 added 10:16 - Sep 21
Often wonder if they are Ipswich fans at all

Marinersnose added 10:55 - Sep 21
The system adopted by the academy has always allowed professional players to introduce their siblings or recommend others. Players will only remain in the academy if they continue to develop and improve. Good luck to the lad. He has to have some talent or he’ll be gone next term.

Eddie1985 added 11:54 - Sep 21
I do love the way that those who even dare to question a faing regime are somehow considered trechours... Some of you lot would have done well in the soviet Union worshipping stain every word

paulaxdx added 15:18 - Sep 21
He’s 16 not 18

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