Sunday 24 September 2017

'Today is Dr Crokes day' - Gooch Cooper coy on Kerry future

Brian Looney, left, and Colm Cooper of Dr. Crokes celebrate after the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final match between Dr. Crokes and Slaughtneil at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Brian Looney, left, and Colm Cooper of Dr. Crokes celebrate after the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final match between Dr. Crokes and Slaughtneil at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

Colm Cooper refused to talk about his future with Kerry on Friday after Crokes win over Slaughtneil in the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship on Friday.

Cooper scored 1-2 of Crokes 1-09 in the two point win as the Kerry forward finally won the one medal that had eluded him throughout his glittering playing career.

The Gooch will turn 34 in the summer but after the game he refused to entertain questions about his future with the Kingdom, insisting that the day belonged to Dr Crokes and his club teammates.

“Today is Dr Crokes day. I didn’t look past today in any way because it’s such a special day,” Cooper told RTÉ sport.

 “We have had to wait so long and we’ve had ups and we’ve had downs. I just can’t believe it happened today! We made it tough on ourselves again, but fair play to Slaughtneil because they hung in there really well with 14 men.”

Cooper was the team's ball boy when the Killarney club last secured the Andy Merrigan Cup in 1992.

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