Kerry great Colm Cooper retires from inter-county football
Last Updated: 04/04/17 5:42pm
Kerry star Colm Cooper has confirmed he is retiring from inter-county football at the age of 33.
The news comes less than a month after Cooper helped his club Dr Crokes capture the All-Ireland club title with victory over Slaughtneil at Croke Park on St Patrick's Day.
Cooper made his debut for the Kingdom in 2002 and went on to become arguably the greatest footballer of the 21st century.
He has enjoyed a wildly successful career with Kerry, winning five All-Ireland titles, four national league crowns and nine Munster championships.
A statement released by Cooper on Tuesday morning read: "Today, I wish to announce my retirement from the Kerry senior football team.
"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 17 years has given me a tremendous amount of pride and satisfaction.
"To my Kerry team-mates 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.
"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 of 17 years 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."