Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Gooch' to delay Kingdom call until Dr Crokes' club run ends

Colm 'Gooch' Cooper. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Colm 'Gooch' Cooper. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has confirmed Kieran Donaghy's Kerry return for 2017 but also revealed that no decision will be made on Colm 'Gooch' Cooper's future until the Dr Crokes attacker has completed his club commitments.

As outlined in Tuesday's Irish Independent, Donaghy will stay on for a 14th season and play a minor role in the latter stages of the Kingdom's league campaign but Cooper's sole focus is the All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final tie with Connacht champions Corofin on February 11.

"Kieran Donaghy will be back with us. He is doing one session a week with us at the moment but he will be playing basketball in the immediate future. He might play a bit of football towards the end of the league but that has been the plan all along. He will be playing little or no football," Fitzmaurice said last night.

"Colm is with the Crokes and will be until they are finished and he will make his decision then. Dr Crokes have yet to make a call on the captaincy; they will decide when their club campaign is over. Peter Crowley is our captain in the meantime."

Fitzmaurice declared a "clean bill of health" ahead of their league opener away to Donegal next Sunday but Bryan Sheehan is "taking a break" until round three, while Anthony Maher is making good progress from a troublesome hip injury.

Elsewhere, Limerick hurling boss John Kiely has named a strong side for tomorrow's Munster SHL final with Cork as they look to make amends for their seven-goal drubbing two weeks ago. Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon and Seamus Hickey form a strong half-back line, while Cian Lynch returns to bolster their attack.

Irish Independent

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