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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.

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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