Cooper at full-forward for Kerry

Colm 'Gooch' Cooper will captain Kerry from a new position - full-forward - when they meet Westmeath in the All-Ireland SFC second round qualifiers on Sunday.

Colm 'Gooch' Cooper will captain Kerry from a new position - full-forward - when they meet Westmeath in the All-Ireland SFC second round qualifiers on Sunday.

The move for Cooper from his regular right corner forward berth to the number 14 jersey was in the offing, after he played there in a challenge match win for the Kingdom over Sligo recently.

The new-look full-forward line includes Legion's James O'Donoghue who comes in for Kieran O'Leary - as he did in the second half of Kerry's Munster SFC semi-final loss to Cork.

In all, manager Jack O'Connor has made four changes for Kerry's first ever Championship match against Westmeath. The counties last met in the Allianz League in March 2009 when Kerry secured a 1-12 to 0-6 victory.

The other key switch for this weekend's Mullingar encounter sees a fit-again Bryan Sheehan, who has recovered from a knee injury, resume in midfield and Brian Maguire and Donnchadh Walsh have also earned call-ups.

Sheehan's presence in centre-field and free-taking abilities were badly missed against the Rebels. Maguire gets the nod over Peter Crowley at left half-back, while Walsh makes a welcome return at wing forward having missed the league campaign with an ongoing hip/groin problem.

Former captain Darran O'Sullivan, who injured his hamstring against Sligo last week, is one of the players to make way. But he is fit enough for a place on the bench along with the demoted O'Leary, Crowley and Seamus Scanlon.

KERRY (SFC v Westmeath): Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Killian Young; Tomás Ó Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Brian Maguire; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Paul Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, Donnchadh Walsh; James O’Donoghue, Colm Cooper (capt), Kieran Donaghy.

Subs: Brian Kelly, Peter Crowley, Darran O’Sullivan, Shane Enright, Kieran O’Leary, Johnny Buckley, Patrick Curtin, Jonathan Lyne, Seamus Scanlon, Barry John Keane, Fionn Fitzgerald, Michael Geaney.

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