Brogan happy to keep supplying ammunition to marksman brother
Published 06/10/2010 | 05:00
Alan Brogan still harbours a desire to play alongside his brother Bernard in a Dublin full-forward line.
Brogan turned creator for Dublin this season as they just fell short in the All-Ireland semi-final, leaving Bernard to take the scoring plaudits.
But while a Brogan axis is preferable, Alan says he's at a time in his career when he understands the needs of the team best and is happy to serve in whatever way he can.
"I probably would (like to play up front with Bernard). But at the same time, if I'm asked to do a job, I'd do a job for the team," Brogan said. "I'm at the stage of my career now where it's not about me. It's about whether Dublin win or not. I realise that now more than most people.
"I don't lose any sleep over it or I don't dwell on it too much. I think we do link up well and we do have a good understanding and it's something that Pat (Gilroy) has looked at as well. But maybe just the dynamic of the team we have and the game we played this year, it didn't suit."
The elder Brogan brother curbed his shooting instincts to play a more tailored defensive game and get their best marksman on the end of moves as much as possible.
"I probably realised the form Bernard was in. If Bernard was getting shots off, he had a better chance of scoring than I did.
"So where I could, I would always try and get him on the ball. Most guys are like that as well. He has a better chance than most people of scoring. It makes sense with any team to get your best shooter on the ball to finish off moves and I think we did that quite well at stages over the summer."
A fourth semi-final defeat of his career is a statistic he is not "overly proud of" but Alan found this year's loss much easier to get over than any of their recent championship exits.
"Obviously I was disappointed after the Cork match but the disappointment left a lot quicker this year than it did in previous years because of the nature of the defeat. Last year or the year before we were beaten by 14 or 15 points," he said. "I think, looking back, we would have been happy with how it finished if you had offered it to us 12 months ago."
Brogan ruled himself out of International Rules from an early stage because of a busy schedule and believes the demands being placed on the top players at this time of year is a player-welfare issue.
"In Bernard's case, he was out with the Rules squad twice at the weekend. He's trying to train with (his club) Plunkett's and playing every second week and he's carrying knocks out of the summer as well," he added.
"I think they talk about player welfare and there certainly is an issue there for really top players who are being asked to do too much after a long, hard year with their county teams."