Colm Cooper believes Kerry now have the composure and confidence to realise they don't always have to be at their perfect best and that doing the right things at right times can be enough.

The 'Gooch' was assessing Kerry's 38th All-Ireland win against Galway, a contest where Jack O'Connor's side found enough when it mattered to get over the line. It was so unlike 2019 when the side managed by Peter Keane failed to kick on in the drawn final against the Dubs.

And then 2020 in the rain in Páirc Uí Chaoimh - that late concession of a goal against the Rebels.

More goals were let in last year as Tyrone found the answers Kerry couldn't in that delayed semi-final.

Jack O'Connor came back for a third spell and he assembled a backroom that would change how the Kingdom operated.

Cooper, in assessing what O'Connor and co have brought to the party, as evidenced by Sunday's finale, told The Sunday Game: "I was never that worried even though Galway led the game for most of it. Kerry were hanging in there and you could see they were still creating. There was something about them; that was the development in the team this year, as well as keeping out the goals.

"I think it's an inner confidence that they have. Some times when I look at Kerry they're at full flow; they have to be going the whole time. I think they've now learned that we don't have to be at our best to win; they are now very, very functional.

"Kerry and Jack O'Connor might say today wasn't our best display but when it was in the melting pot they dug it out again. It's a sign of champions when you're not at your best. That's something they've learned over the last 12 to 18 months."