Monday 24 October 2016

Cooper puts off Kerry call until club business is done

Published 12/10/2016 | 02:30

Colm Cooper Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Colm Cooper Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Colm Cooper will make a decision about whether or not to extend his inter-county career with Kerry to a 17th season once the business of club activity with Dr Crokes is out of the way.

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Cooper yesterday laughed off speculation surfacing last week that he was about to retire, insisting that no decision had been made.

"I heard on the Friday night before the All-Ireland final that I was definitely staying on. And I heard last Tuesday night, when I finished Crokes' training, that I was retired. There were quite a few notifications on Twitter. I don't make any rash decisions. When we lost to Dublin, there was huge disappointment and I just wanted to get back into the Crokes scene, get back playing. That's where the enjoyment comes from."

Cooper said he will base his decision on how his body is, what his hunger is like and what is enjoyment of the game is before coming to a firm conclusion.

But he admitted that he enjoyed 2016 more than 2015 and feels rejuvenated as Crokes push for a first Kerry county title since 2013 with a final against Kenmare District in Killarney on Sunday.

"Whenever the Crokes thing finishes up then I need to take a look at the overall picture. How's the body, the enjoyment, the hunger, and then hopefully make the right decision. But when you're immersed in the middle of a championship, it's hard to do that."

No Kerry player has confirmed his retirement since the defeat to Dublin at the end of August but the indications are that Marc ó Sé will call time on his 15-year county career sooner rather than later.

Irish Independent

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