NEWCASTLE Jets rookie Mitch Cooper has been placed on a nine-month good-behaviour bond after pleading guilty in Newcastle Local Court this week to driving while suspended.
Cooper was behind the steering wheel in a Centenary Road, Newcastle, car park on October 17, with the engine running, when he was stopped by police.
At the time, his driver's licence had been suspended for three months for exceeding his limit of demerit points.
Magistrate Robert Stone noted that it was Cooper's first offence and handed him a good-behaviour bond, but no conviction was recorded.
Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby provided a character reference for the 19-year-old in which he stated that the incident was out of character.
"As a club we will be offering support and counselling to Mitch to assist in better decision-making to ensure that such action does not occur again . . . as an employee his strength is his character and attitude towards his craft, along with his standing in the community of Newcastle," Middleby's statement read.
Middleby told the Newcastle Herald the matter had been "handled internally" by Jets management and the club would offer no further comment.
Cooper returned in youth league last weekend after recovering from a knee reconstruction seven months earlier.
The former Gold Coast midfielder played in five A-League games after joining Newcastle last season.