Wednesday 18 October 2017

Brogan puts his faith in big brother to give Dubs extra edge

Dublin sharpshooter Bernard Brogan, attending yesterday’s announcement of the official ambassadors for Warrior Sports, is hoping his form will get better as his fitness improves over the course of the summer
Dublin sharpshooter Bernard Brogan, attending yesterday’s announcement of the official ambassadors for Warrior Sports, is hoping his form will get better as his fitness improves over the course of the summer
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

ALAN Brogan will be fit to play for Dublin in their All-Ireland quarter-final, according to his brother Bernard.

The 2011 Footballer of the Year has not played since last season's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo – when he was brought on and taken off. He underwent surgery on a groin injury during the winter.

Bernard has also suffered from groin trouble – he admitted that the problem that affected his league campaign has contributed to his struggles in front of goal in the championship campaign.

His modest scoring returns have been a major talking point in the capital, where fans are wondering how the attacking revolution under Jim Gavin has not benefited the county's best forward.

The younger Brogan has been taken off in Dublin's last four games and scored only one point against Meath in Sunday's Leinster final win.

Alan's creativity in the half-forward line has always helped Bernard, who is looking forward to his brother's return.

"Alan will be back the next day so we will be alright. He's flying. He played with the club last week, 70 minutes, so he will be knocking on the door the next day," he said.

"It'll give us that extra dimension that defences will have to try to stop. He runs all day and he's able to pick those passes, and get inside the defence and take a score as well.

"He's another problem that maybe teams aren't worried about because he hasn't been there so far.

"He gives us an extra bullet in the gun; when things are going one way you can bring him on and he'll add a new dimension – like Kevin McManamon does for the team – that allows you to change the focus of the attack.

"It's been difficult for Alan. He's getting older and has shown great determination to get back.

"A lot of other people probably would have thrown their hat at it, saying '10 months and I am not right', but he stuck at it and wants to be there, which is great for us to see that he still has the appetite for it.

"It has been hugely frustrating but he is at the end of it, has come out the other side of it, and he will be full of exuberance, full of energy coming into this team."

Confident

Bernard Brogan's form has been a major talking point this season but he is confident that an injury-free run can get him back on track. He missed part of the league with groin problems and his training was affected up to the Leinster semi-final.

"The injuries I had at the end of the league just curtailed me a bit. I lost a lot of momentum," the Warrior ambassador said.

"I had been playing well during the league and I just got injured and had to start again, so I probably haven't got up to the level I was at when I had six or seven games in a row during the league.

"But I have had four or five weeks of training. The last day the (Meath) lads had me well marshalled. Any time I got on the ball I had the head knocked off me. They did a good job and that is credit to them.

"I only got a couple of shots off in the whole game so it's just something I have to work on myself, and just try and get on ball and make space.

"That's my own challenge. I've been around a long time. I've had good days and bad days and I've always liked the challenge of it, so I'm looking forward to getting back out there and trying to prove myself again."

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