Of course, Cochrane wasn’t alone in rising through the Brighton ranks.
“We had a great group coming through at that time,” he said, “you had the likes of Tom McGill, who’s still at Brighton as their third-choice keeper.
“Then there was Hamish Morrison, who just had a great season with Whitehawk, so there are still a good few of the boys that are still playing at a good level.
“You create a bond when you grow up in an academy together, so it’s been great seeing where everyone’s career has taken them, be that inside the game or out of it.”
At Brighton, things were progressing well for Cochrane, as he continued on a steep upward trajectory.
But something of a reality check was just around the corner, in the form of an emergency one game loan to East Grinstead Town in 2018.
“My coach at the time, Mark Beard, sent me a message one day asking if I’d be able to turn out for the club, as they needed one extra player to be able to field a squad that weekend.
“So, I went along there and played in what turned out to be one of the hardest games I’d ever had!
“I remember absolutely blowing after only 20 minutes, because I was up against a winger who was about 28 and he was just constantly causing me problems.
“But it was a real eye opener and taught me a lot about the game, outside of the walls of academy football.
“We also won, so I’m happy to have kept that 100% win rate for the club intact!”
Experiences outside of Brighton also came in the form of a call-up to the England Under-16s squad, and then later, the Under-20s.
“The camp with the Under-16s was unbelievable,” said Cochrane, “suddenly I was training with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Ryan Sessegnon, to name just a few.
“Then to get the call up to represent my country in a game against the USA was such a special moment for me and my family, and to top it off, I think I even managed to get an assist.
“With the Under-20s call-up though, that was a real surprise because there were lads there playing Championship or even Premier League football at that time.
“So, to be among such a high quality of player was incredible, let alone just being around the England set up.”
However, whilst Cochrane did get the nod to feature in a match against Iceland, the game doesn’t conjure up the best memories for him.
“I’d picked up a virus on the way to the game, so when it came to the match, I was in probably the worst condition I’d ever been in.
“I didn’t get any sleep the night before, I had hot and cold sweats, and my voice was completely gone, so the fact I managed to last 75 minutes is ridiculous.
“But despite that, the whole camp is something I look back on with real pride and as a great experience.”
With international experience now under his belt, Cochrane was able to get back to progressing through the Albion’s academy, and now with his eyes firmly set on making it into that first team.
“I’d been progressing well at Brighton, and then as I was coming to the end of my time with the Under-18s, I was offered my first professional contract, and was getting ready to start training with the Under-23s.
“My first pre-season though, I got called into the coach Simon Rusk’s office, because he wanted to know what I’d been doing all summer, because I’d come back not fit enough to keep up with them.
“Because the truth was, even though I had been training over the summer, I’d been doing too much, and I’d overdone it, so by the time pre-season came around, I had nothing left in the tank.
“So, we’d be doing laps around the pitch, and I’d be lagging behind even the goalkeepers, and just thinking ‘get me out of this right now’.
“So that was a tough start to that season, and again, a real eye opener for me, but it made me determined to work hard and force myself into the managers plans, and thankfully, that turned out to be a great season for us, and we went onto finish second in the PL2.”