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Emphasis on brawn over brains is turning crowds away, claims Cooper

Published 27/06/2013 | 05:00

Kerry's Colm Cooper
Kerry's Colm Cooper

MODERN tactics and an emphasis on physicality has made Gaelic football a "lesser" game, according to Kerry star Colm 'Gooch' Cooper.

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Despite being lauded as one of the most gifted players of his generation, the Dr Crokes man insists he would not have been afforded the chance to play inter-county football if he was emerging now, because managers increas-ingly opt for brawn over brains.

"I'm not too sure would I be able to start out now to be honest," Cooper reveals. "An unwritten requirement at the moment to be a GAA player is you've to be 6ft 4ins and built like a tank... He has to be able to run and tackle.

"It's a lesser game if you're not watching the best exponents of the game in terms of class and their brilliance. If you're restricting those guys, it's a lot less easy on the eye to watch. You'll lose in attendances."

Irish Independent

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