Colm Cooper believes that the concussion he suffered during the 2005 International Rules test series in Australia was as a result of him being targeted by the home team.

The Gooch only featured in that one tour because he was put off the game due to what he felt were over-physical exchanges.

He was concussed twice during his playing days with Dr Crokes, Kerry and Ireland – and one of them happened Down Under.

"The likelihood is if you play contact sport you are going to pick up one or two concussions during your career," he revealed, speaking on the latest episode of the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

"I got one of them playing International Rules in Australia in 2005 when a big Aussie hit me a belt and I didn’t even know what country I was in! I think he knew what he was doing because I was sort of a marked man down there.

"I didn’t play again after that – it was my retirement that day and I think it was the right decision. I remember being very shaken and not feeling well going back to the hotel. The advice was not to go to sleep because they don’t want you to go to sleep in case there’s a bleed or anything like that.

"I was very groggy and quite sick after it."

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Cooper’s other concussion came in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin. He finished out that game, scoring four points, and for that reason he feels that the decision about playing on has to be taken out of the player’s hands.

"I hopped my head off the ground after getting a belt going through for a score. As you can imagine the ground in Croke Park is pretty firm," he said.

"Stupidly on my part, the doctor comes in and I say ‘I’m grand, I’m grand’ and I know I’m not grand and my vision isn’t 100%.

"The player has to be taken out of making the decision here; the doctor has to make the call. The last thing in a big championship match that a player is going to think of is coming off because they want to get on with it."