Cooper: I need time to recharge batteries before comeback
COLM 'Gooch' Cooper insists there's no panic in the Kingdom despite the county's poor start to the league, and says there's no need to rush back to rejoin the panel.
Kerry went down heavily to Mayo and Dublin as they struggled to cope with many of their front-line players at various stages, including Cooper, Kieran Donaghy and Paul Galvin.
Cooper has predictably stepped away from football following another arduous campaign with Dr Crokes, who exited the club championship last month.
And despite Kerry's worrying start, Cooper and Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice haven't set a date for his return to action. "I've spoken to Eamonn and we agreed to keep in touch over the next few weeks," Cooper said. "I've no big injury problem, it's just to mentally recharge the batteries a little bit because when you do go back it will be full tilt.
"The worst thing you could do would be to go back too early and then hit a wall midway through a season."
Kerry travel to Newbridge to face Kildare on Sunday looking to avoid a third straight league loss.
Fitzmaurice has brought in some new faces in the opening two matches and Cooper insists the new manager is looking at the "bigger picture".
"There's no one hitting the alarm buttons. Eamonn is a smart guy and he's looking at the bigger picture for Kerry football," he said.
"We just have to start working a little better and a little harder and I think we'll start to see better results and that would be great for the young fellas who are in there at the minute."