Wednesday 7 December 2016

Dublin will 'play anywhere they are asked to play', insists Brogan

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

Bernard Brogan: 'I wouldn’t like people to say, ‘Aw, you wouldn’t have had the success you’ve had if you hadn’t played all your games in Croke Park’'
Bernard Brogan: 'I wouldn’t like people to say, ‘Aw, you wouldn’t have had the success you’ve had if you hadn’t played all your games in Croke Park’'

Of all the things Bernard Brogan has achieved, there's one thing he's known for that he'd like to be rid of.

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The Footballer of the Year nominee holds an unusual place in GAA trivia in that he's never played a championship game outside of Croke Park.

And with momentum seemingly building behind the campaign to send the Dubs on the road in the Leinster Championship, it's one record that Brogan would be happy to lose in 2016.

Just how much difference Dublin being moved from Croke Park would make remains to be seen. Given their alarming winning margins in Leinster over the past few seasons and their strong league form when playing away from home in Division 1, it seems the Dublin juggernaut would roll on regardless of where the games are played.

But it's an issue Brogan would like to put to bed once and for all.

Success

"I wouldn't like people to say, 'Aw, you wouldn't have had the success you've had if you hadn't played all your games in Croke Park'," said Brogan, who was recently named as captain of the Ireland International Rules team.

"Obviously at Croke Park the pitch is immaculate, but I think the standard of grounds around the country is quite sharp as well.

"I don't think going into any pitch that the team performance is going to swing that much that you're going to lose a high percentage of games.

"So I'd hate for people to say that we wouldn't have had the same success if we hadn't have played all our games in Croke Park.

"But as I said, we'd play anywhere. And if that question is asked of us we'd love to answer it because we want to be seen as a successful team and for the right reasons."

"I was on the bench for the last time we were away in Longford. The sun was splitting the stones in Longford, and it was an unreal day. We only just got out of jail down there, Mark Vaughan got a goal."

Brogan will lead Ireland in to the November 21 Test against Australia in Croke Park and believes that the hosts will have to move the ball quickly if they are to reclaim the Cormac McAnallen trophy.

"It's about being quick and trying to do things really fast and stay out of the tackle," he said.

"If you bring the ball into contact at all against these guys then they are going to be turning over the ball.

"We'll just try and move as quick as we can and try and get it inside and the key to it is getting the marks so you are not kicking under pressure."

Irish Independent

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