Colm Cooper will captain the Kerry footballers again in 2012,as he bids to end the curse of the No 13 jersey once and for all.
No captain wearing that shirt has ever lifted the Sam Maguire Cup and Cooper became the latest player to fail last September, when his side were beaten by Dublin.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Cooper admitted that he knew nothing of the curse until after this years decider:
“I didn’t even know that until after the All-Ireland final. No one said it to me the week before. I suppose they were afraid to say it to me. Records are there to be broken. We won’t be too worried about the number on the jersey. It would be worse if we didn’t have the jersey.”
Cooper retains the captaincy of the Kerry team this year,after discussions with county teammates Eoin Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary, Daithi Casey and John Buckley.
“Eoin, Kieran and myself were the more senior guys. Johnny and Daithi were involved as well. They’re cutting their teeth, if you want to call it that, so it would be unfair to ask them to do it.
“I talked to Eoin and Kieran about it and they were hoping that I would go forward again for it. They were pleased when we had the chat”.
Cooper also confirmed that Brosnan would again play with Kerry this coming year:
“That’s what I’m led to believe. He is enjoying his football. He is probably our best player at Crokes this year. He did a very solid job for us with Kerry. From his point of view, he’s probably saying, ‘while I’m enjoying it, why would I stop?’.
“We’re probably seeing the best of him now.”