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Published: 10:24 | 12/10/16

Cooper yet to decide on Kerry future


Colm Cooper is in no rush to make a decision on whether or not to extend his inter-county career by another year.

It has been rumoured that Cooper was on the verge of announcing his retirement from inter-county football, but the eight-time All-Star insists that he will not make any decision until his club commitments with Dr Crokes are at an end.

"I heard on the Friday night before the All-Ireland final that I was definitely staying on. And I heard last Tuesday night, when I finished Crokes' training, that I was retired. There were quite a few notifications on Twitter. I don't make any rash decisions," he said.

Cooper missed the entire 2014 season as he recovered from a serious knee injury and he wants to see how his body is before he commitments to a 17th season with Kerry.

"Whenever the Crokes thing finishes up then I need to take a look at the overall picture. How's the body, the enjoyment, the hunger, and then hopefully make the right decision," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Independent.

Should he decide to carry on for another year, Cooper will have a call to make on how much involvement he has during the Allianz Football League.

"I know from last year when I met with Eamonn Fitzmaurice we both felt the league was important for me, to get back playing and get as much time under my belt as possible. Would that be the case this year? I'm not sure. It's something that needs to be thrashed out," Cooper explained.

"He's very fair and reasonable and would certainly be looking at the bigger picture. Let's be honest, Kerry are going to be judged on the championship next year, not where they finish in Division 1."

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