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A legend of Gaelic Football returned for Kerry today as they avoided relegation

Fans have been waiting a long time to see Colm Cooper back in the green and gold.

THE RICH GOT a bit richer today as Eamonn Fitzmaurice was able to add legends Paul Galvin and Colm Cooper to his All-Ireland winning squad.

Cooper hadn’t featured for Kerry since the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin in 2013 while Galvin stepped away from the panel during last year’s national league.

Paul Galvin warms up Source: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

Their return was timely for Kerry as the team travelled to Omagh today to face Tyrone in a massive Division One clash.

Had Kerry lost by two points or more they would have been relegated, but a 1-14 to 0-17 draw saw the home side drop down to Division 2 instead.

Cooper played the last ten minutes for Kerry but Fitzmaurice opted to leave Galvin on the bench.

Colm Cooper Source: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

The Gooch suffered a knee injury playing for Dr Crokes against Castlebar Mitchels last year in the All-Ireland club championship semi-final and although he was on the Kerry bench in September’s All-Ireland football final against Donegal, he was unused.

Johnny Buckley, Barry John Keane and Colm Cooper arrive Source: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

What chance does the rest of the country have if Kerry can add Cooper, Galvin and Tommy Walsh to a team that just won the All-Ireland?

Originally published at 15.00

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