Cooke, who left Burnley at the beginning of December eleven years ago, is now fast approaching his 38th birthday and although his arrival at Market Drayton is considered something of a coup he is not going there primarily as a player.
What he is doing is signing for the manager who first brought him to Turf Moor from Newtown in 1995. That's Jimmy Mullen who recently took over as manager of the club for a second time. It's a part time caretaker role but Jimmy is beginning to turn things round with a win and two draws for a club still next to bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division South.
Back to Cooke. He's been appointed as the club's Director of Football. He'll work alongside Mullen with the first team but will also get involved with the reserves and on the commercial side of the club to help develop and promote the club.
Will he play? Market Drayton say he shouldn't be written off and with a bit of fine tuning on the fitness front he could be seen back on the field.