Cooper excited by new challenge

Updated: Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 16:38

Colm Cooper will captain Kerry against Dublin on Sunday
Colm Cooper will captain Kerry against Dublin on Sunday

By Rory Houston - @RTESundayGame

Kerry captain Colm Cooper thinks that facing Dublin is a new challenge for the Kingdom as they get set for another All-Ireland Football final on Sunday.

Kerry will be playing in their ninth final in 12 years this weekend but it is the first time they have met the Dubs in a Sam Maguire decider since 1985.

Cooper said: “It is different and a new challenge. We haven’t faced them before. It is their first time being there so there will be huge talk in the media about this game. It is a glamour tie if you want to call it that. Everyone is looking forward to it.

“They have been knocking on the door the last couple of years and they have been steadily improving in my opinion. They have a very good manager in place.

“These aren’t new boys, they have been around a while and they know what it is all about.”

Coopers leads out the Kingdom after another magnificent season for the county. He admits it has been a fantastic journey to this year’s final.

“It is great to be looking forward to another final. It is where every footballer wants to be. Heading up to Croke Park to play the Dubs in the final, it doesn’t get much better than that.

“We have been fortunate with this team that we have played in a number of All-Ireland finals and we have built up quite a bit of experience. It is great, we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else and it a great time to be involved with Kerry.”