Brosnan retakes Kerry armband as Crokes clubmate O’Leary deputises

Eoin Brosnan will captain the Kerry footballers next season after he was nominated by his club, county champions Dr Crokes, last night.

The 32-year-old Killarney-based solicitor was confirmed at the Munster club winners’ medal presentation. Kieran O’Leary will captain the team in the event of Brosnan’s absence from the starting line-up.

As revealed in Saturday’s Irish Examiner, Brosnan’s clubmate Colm Cooper was not pushing for a third year with the Kerry armband. While he enjoyed his two seasons as captain, Cooper is keen to concentrate more on his football in the new season.

With an All-Ireland semi-final against Ballymun Kickhams coming up in February in Thurles, Dr Crokes players will be unavailable to new Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice until the middle to latter part of their Division One campaign.

Brosnan previously captained Kerry in 2001 and has been in excellent form for Crokes despite picking up a calf injury in the Munster final win over Cork champions Castlehaven.

The Killarney man returned to the county panel in early 2011 after a self-imposed exile and was stationed in a new centre-back role by then manager Jack O’Connor.

Brosnan’s succession of Cooper ends talk of a piseog that had hung over the 29-year-old’s time as captain. No player wearing the number 13 jersey has ever captained Kerry to an All-Ireland title.

Cooper changed to donning the full-forward number on his back midway through this past season.

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