Cooper green light for extended reign as Kingdom captain
COLM Cooper is to be given another chance to lead Kerry to All-Ireland glory.
The star corner-forward will retain the county captaincy for the 2012 campaign and will be hoping the side can make amends for this year's final defeat to Dublin.
Cooper (28) is to be nominated as skipper by his Dr Crokes club, who retained the Kerry senior championship crown with victory over Mid Kerry last Sunday week.
Under a long-standing Kerry County Board agreement, that success gives the club the right to select the captain for the senior inter-county team.
There were five Dr Crokes players on the 2011 Kerry panel, with Cooper and veteran Eoin Brosnan joined by Kieran O'Leary and up-and-coming stars Johnny Buckley and Daithi Casey.
But Cooper was always the clear favourite to secure the nomination to lead Kerry for the new campaign.
Club chairman Vincent Casey confirmed last night that the five county panellists met during the week to discuss the captaincy issue, and the experienced corner- forward was the unanimous choice.
The nomination has to be ratified by the Dr Crokes executive before the formality of being rubber-stamped by county board officials.
"We're delighted to nominate Colm because he has been an inspirational leader for Dr Crokes and Kerry," Casey said.
Cooper has been hindered by an ankle injury since the All-Ireland final and it's believed that surgery will be required to rectify the problem. That could result in him missing out on some of the early National League ties, but he would be back in plenty of time to lead Kerry into championship combat against Tipperary next summer.
Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that Brosnan has committed himself to Kerry for another championship campaign.