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Gooch back in line for captain's call

COLM COOPER is set to be graced with the honour of captaining Kerry for two successive years after his club, Dr Crokes, completed a second county title in-a-row yesterday.

The Kingdom still employ the old trend of their county champions choosing their captain and after Dr Crokes' 2-8 to 0-9 defeat of Mid-Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday, the 'Gooch' is the most obvious candidate to lead Jack O'Connor's men in 2012.

"I haven't really thought about it," said Cooper after the victory.

"The club has not discussed it or had any conversation with us yet so I don't know what the story is with it right now.


"I enjoyed my year as captain and it was a wonderful achievement to take Kerry to an All-Ireland final, though it would have been better if we had won. There is plenty of time anyway for that decision."

Crokes chairman Vince Casey added: "We have made no decision yet."

Cooper is the only member of the Crokes team to be certain of a place on the Kerry team next season, despite the fact that the club's representation in last September's All-Ireland final came to three.

Eoin Brosnan has yet to declare his inter-county intentions after coming out of a two-year Kerry sabbatical to regain a spot in O'Connor's defence, while Kieran O'Leary is still considered a rookie at that level.