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Cook pleased at Rocks return

Joe Cook is pleased to be back at Bognor again.


The centre-half has re-joined the club on loan from Havant and Waterlooville and came back into the side last Saturday in the 1-0 win at Potters Bar Town.


It is Cook’s second spell from the high flying National League South side after his impressive spell before Christmas which helped underpin a strong Rocks run in the BetVictor Premier.


That form earned him a recall by the Westleigh Park club, who have now allowed him to return on a dual registration.


Cook said: “I am really enjoying my football again.


“It was good to be back at Havant, and I played a few games for them, but then found myself out of the team and sat on the bench, so when I got an opportunity to come back to Bognor came up I was really pleased.


“I really like the coaching staff and the lads here, so it is good to be back.”


Cook is hoping another good run with Rocks will earn him a Hawks recall but he also has higher targets.


He said: “I want to play as high a level as I can. I want to be a professional and in every single day.


“Obviously, Havant is full-time but at the end of the day I want to be playing League football.”


Cook says there is not a great deal of difference between the levels as he rejoins Rocks’ play-off push.


He said: “The main difference between the two leagues is the physicality of the players.


“You get the big strikers in that league, and you do in this league, too, but probably not as frequently. The first game back was a good feeling.”


Cook’s return is all the more timely as his leadership qualities will be required with Harvey Whyte suspended for the next three matches.


Whyte, who was sent off in the Potters Bar win, will miss tomorrow’s home clash with Kingstonian, the visit of Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday and also the trip to play-off chasers Enfield Town next weekend.

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