Kerry star Colm Cooper reckons he has “another while” left in his inter-county career, pouring cold water on suggestions he might call it a day.
The eight-time All Star is among a crop of Kingdom players who have decisions to make about their futures with this year’s beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists.
“Fifteen years is a long time to play football with any team,” Cooper told RTÉ Sport.
“But to play 15 years with Kerry has been a great time for me, and who knows, hopefully it might continue for another while. [I’ve had] great times and great memories.”
While the 33-year-old stopped short of confirming his intentions, he added that there are a number of squad members who will make a call in the next few weeks.
“Kieran Donaghy Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony – they’ve been fantastic players for Kerry,” added Cooper, who missed the entire 2014 season with knee ligament injury.
“They’ve All-Ireland medals in their back pocket. They are the people with decisions to make over the next couple of weeks. But I think they are right, taking the time to have a think about it, and not make any rash decisions.
“They know best whether the body is up to it, whether the hunger is there and I’m sure they’ll make the right decision.”
Cooper, a winner of five Sam Maguire titles, also had his say on the on-going black card debate.
The latter end of the championship saw a number of incidents, which highlighted inconsistencies from officials when it came to interpretations of fouls.
Cooper, who was black-carded in the Kerry semi-final as his Dr Crokes team booked a place in Sunday’s final against Kenmare, is adamant that the rule, which is intended to curb deliberate and cynical play, should be retained.
“I probably deserved mine so I had to take it on the chin,” he conceded.
“Overall, it’s something that I’d like to see continue. Because of one or two high-profile decisions mightn’t have been the right decisions I don’t think we should pull back from it.
“It’s there to take away cynical play, we want to see football played at its best, by the creative and imaginative players.
“I think the black card certainly has its role once it’s applied in the right way and that’s the bit we need to get right.”