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'I'm in the mix and will see if he'll involve me' - Late starter Cooper hoping for early Farrell chance

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14 September 2019; Jonny Cooper of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

14 September 2019; Jonny Cooper of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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14 September 2019; Jonny Cooper of Dublin during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

JONNY COOPER is hoping for an early chance to reclaim his place in the Dublin team after sitting out the first three rounds of the Allianz Football League.

The six-time All-Ireland winner has yet to feature under new Dublin manager Dessie Farrell, having ventured onto Australia in the wake of Dublin's team holiday to Bali last month.

But he's back in full training and available for selection if Farrell, his clubmate and Na Fianna manager last season, needs him against Donegal on Saturday week.

"The hand is up," said Cooper, speaking at today's launch of Avonmore Protein Gold in the GAA's National Games Development Centre, Abbotstown.

"There's thirty-something lads available - or certainly training. So yeah, I'm in the mix and trying to see if he'll involve me in some way."

Cooper is one of several Dublin regulars yet to see game-time under the new regime.

"I came back later from holidays - I came back on 18th January," he explained.

"I've just been slow enough coming back but it was always the plan to kind of take my time ... I'm studying at the moment as well, so I'm trying to get balance, I guess, but also fitness-wise.

"Hopefully for the next block of games I'll be able to be involved in some capacity and go from there."

The two-time All Star, recently turned 30, used his first ever trip to Australia not just to relax but also to visit two AFL clubs, Collingwood in Melbourne and GWS in Sydney. All part of his ongoing search for knowledge.

"I was lucky enough to get into some AFL clubs down there and just have a look and talk and make some connections in terms of information," he said.

"I'm just trying to, first and foremost, learn and just talk and ask questions to better inform myself on stuff I don't know. And then possibly, off the back of it, that you can enhance or try something different in a relationship or family, work ... then obviously sport."

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