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One Of Ireland's Greatest Gaelic Footballers Has Just Announced His Retirement

By mariemadden

April 4, 2017 at 8:30am

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Colm Cooper, better known to many as 'The Gooch', has confirmed his retirement from the Kerry football team.

After a 17-year career, Cooper confirmed the news in a statement this morning , saying that he felt it was the "right time" to step away from county football.

Here's his full statement...

"It has been an amazing journey and one that I never wanted to end, however, I feel that this is the right time for me step away from inter county football. Representing the Kingdom for the past seventeen years has given me a tremendous amount of pride and satisfaction.

"To my Kerry teammates that I have soldiered with throughout the years, thank you for your guidance, patience and friendship. I feel extremely lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights with you all.

"To get the opportunity to play with, and against, some of the greatest players in the history of the GAA has given me memories that I will always treasure.

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"During my career I have been very fortunate to work with some outstanding Kerry managers. They gave me the confidence to develop my game which allowed me to perform at the highest level.

"I would like to thank the Kerry County Board, backroom staff and medical teams for their constant help and support throughout my career.

"A huge thank you to the loyal Kerry fans at home and abroad for their continuous support. I now become a supporter and wish the team all the best in their quest for honours in 2017.

"I would like to thank my club Dr Crokes for nurturing my talents and giving me the belief that there was no limit to what I could achieve, also to get the opportunity to Captain Kerry teams is something I’m extremely privileged to have done. I’m looking forward to continuing my Dr Crokes career.

"Finally to my family, without you none of my successes would have been possible. Through the ups and downs, you were the people that believed in me and kept me going. For this, I am forever grateful.

"It is very rare for people to achieve their ultimate dreams in life - I just have."

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