Cooper believes injury lay-off will prolong his Kerry career
Colm Cooper believes the long lay- off he is facing because of the serious knee injury sustained last February will ultimately prolong his career.
Cooper said yesterday it will be 2015 before he plays competitively again, but the 'time-out' is already helping him to replenish his enthusiasm for the game and set him thinking about appreciating what he has a little more.
The eight-time All Star is preparing to put himself through intense rehabilitation to help him recover from the torn cruciate and fractured knee cap he suffered on duty for his club Dr Crokes.
Cooper, 31 in June, feels he can turn his current misfortune into an advantage and extend his career.
"I've always said if I'm enjoying it, if I'm fit, I'm healthy, I would play as long as I can.
"Maybe this year out might give me a greater appreciation for how lucky I've been to play with Kerry and in Croke Park. If I come back and the body is good and the knee is good and everything else stays healthy – Johnny Doyle was 36, so I don't quite know if I'll make 36, but if I can play on, I will."