Monday 20 February 2017

Colm 'The Gooch' Cooper will brighten up all of our summers

Published 13/06/2015 | 02:30

Colm 'Gooch' Cooper returns tomorrow after a devastating knee injury
Colm 'Gooch' Cooper returns tomorrow after a devastating knee injury

The sun will surely shine a little brighter in Thurles tomorrow in celebration of 'Gooch' Cooper's return to Championship action after a two-year absence.

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His timing may not be heaven-sent from a Tipperary perspective, but it will elicit broad delight as the greatest forward of his generation finally exits the shadow of a devastating knee injury.

Cooper has been missed in the game, if only for the sense that - at a time of increasingly regimented, if not robotised, football - his sublimely natural ability might be the perfect counterpoint to excess coaching.

He's been through a hard time of late and it would be a tonic for all who revere the player if Cooper's expressed hope of playing into his late career with the same effervescence and freedom he had as an eight-year-old came to fruition.

A suspicion has to be that that won't be feasible but, with 'Gooch', presumption can quickly turn to folly.

He is unique to this game of ours so, whatever the colour of your faith, tomorrow will be a good day.

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