Friday 20 October 2017

'Stay away from Joe Brolly!' - Henry Shefflin gives Colm Cooper some advice for his punditry career

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As Colm Cooper prepares to take his first step into GAA punditry, fellow legend Henry Shefflin offered some friendly advice: stay away from Joe Brolly!

The former Kilkenny star joked that Cooper shouldn't sit beside the Sunday Independent columnist and pundit in the RTE studio, and added that as long as Cooper is himself on air, viewers would respond positively.

Shefflin and Cooper joined Ray D'Arcy on The Saturday Night Show last night ahead of the start of the football championship in New York this evening.

"Well the first piece of advice I would have for him is stay away from Joe Brolly, don't sit beside Joe Brolly," Shefflin joked.

"I know from talking to Colm that he just wants to talk about the game and he is passionate for the game. I think if you be yourself on television, that's all you can be. He is a great addition."

Brolly criticised the 'fawning' reaction to Cooper when he announced his retirement from inter-county football, but the Gooch is nonetheless looking forward to going head-to-head with the Derry pundit on the air this summer.

"I haven't spoken to Joe, I haven't even seen him but I'm sure it will be interesting," Cooper laughed.

"Joe likes to sensationalise things a little bit, whether it is good, bad, and I think he particularly gets enjoyment from having a bit of a pop at Kerry now and again because the people in Kerry bite back. It is going to be fun working with him.

"Sometimes we criticise pundits as players so I'll see it from the other side now. I analyse all the matches I play in and I watch matches every weekend so hopefully it is going to be a good fit and I'll enjoy it."

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