While he would prefer it to not be happening, Colm Cooper believes it is Tadhg Kennelly’s prerogative to recruit Kerry players to the AFL.
Former Kerry All Ireland and AFL Premiership winner Kennelly heads up scouting in Ireland for the Aussie Rules and has attracted some of Kerry’s brightest young stars Down Under in recent years.
Marc Ó Sé is one Kerry man who wishes Kennelly would look elsewhere for upcoming talent, having seen minor star Mark O’Connor recently sign with Geelong, the club that signed Padraig Lucey in 2014.
And while Kennelly searches all of Ireland for talent, another five Kerry youngsters have been at the AFL Europe Combine, where potential Aussie Rules footballers are put through their paces, with AFL scouts also said to be monitoring minor star David Clifford
“Would we like him not to be taking the Kerry lads? Of course we would but I think that's just the nature of the beast at the moment”
However Cooper, although wishing Kennelly would leave Kerry’s talent in Ireland, doesn’t see what can be done about it.
The Gooch, in action in the Munster club decider this weekend for Dr Crokes, said: “It is his job. I'm sure there are some people who aren't too happy about it, that he's coming taking the best players form his county, where he grew up and played, but at the end of the day it's his job. He's in recruitment of players.
“I think the fact that he's taken a few from Kerry and not other counties hasn't (gone down well). But then you look at someone like Ciaran Kilkenny who went and it didn't seem to be for him and he's come back and won All-Irelands for Dublin and you can see what it means for him.
“Some of it is down to the individual as well and what they want from their careers and stuff. Look, Tadhg is doing his job.
“Would we like him not to be taking the Kerry lads? Of course we would but I think that's just the nature of the beast at the moment.”