Dunfermline manager Peter Grant says he has decided against offering a contract to Birmingham City academy graduate Charlie Cooper.

The 24-year-old midfielder started his career at Birmingham City and spent last season with National League side Woking. He featured in Dunfermline’s pre-season friendly defeat to Hibs at the weekend, and while he did impress, Grant says he is too similar to what they already have.

The former Birmingham City player was on trial at Dunfermline.

The former Birmingham City player was on trial at Dunfermline. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He said: “We were having a look at him. He is a player I knew of previously but hadn’t seen play for the last couple of years. He played on Saturday but I just felt that he was similar to some of the players we have at the club. If it is going to be similar to what we already have, then why would I overlook one of our younger players?”

Grant adds that Dunfermline are looking to add four or five new players ahead of the cinch Championship season: “We are still a few bodies short, that’s for sure. We are trying hard and we are close on a few things. After that, I would hope for another two or three. That’s the aim and I think that’s what we need.

“I would like for everyone to be in the door by the first league game if possible but, if not, and it goes right to the end of the transfer window, then that is what we will do. As I have said before it’s not easy.

“Even if you are trying to get some loan guys in, some of them are with their first teams — and have only just started training — and they are travelling with first teams and involved with those groups.”

NTOF now offers a YouTube channel featuring exclusive interviews, post-match discussion, in-depth debate, and much more – LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and don’t miss any of our videos.

Have something to tell us about this article?