Monday 20 November 2017

Alan Brogan will be back as good as ever – Jim Gavin

Alan Brogan
Alan Brogan
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has backed Alan Brogan to make a full comeback in 2014 as he predicted that no Dublin player would retire after Sunday's All-Ireland success.

With such a bank of talented players to come in off the back of two All-Ireland U-21 successes in 2010 and 2012 and the All-Ireland minor success last year pressure could come on some of the panel's older players.

But Gavin has discounted the prospect of retirement and believes the older Brogan will be revived next season after groin surgery and a hamstring injury derailed him.

"He showed great character all through the season," said Gavin. "I don't know how he kept coming back.

"He went for surgery in London, got it done, had a few little bumps along the way and it didn't go according to plan.

"But he kept at it, he came back to us, was playing really well and his hamstring went.

CONDITION

"And he kept at it again and he was in great condition to play (on Sunday).

"He was set up to play, he was named in the 26 to play.

"Just on the day, tactically wise, we didn't use him. He has years ahead of him in the Dublin team, you can expect to see him strong next year," predicted Gavin.

"He was a big voice in the dressing-room, a lot of experience obviously and a player of his character and quality is invaluable."

Gavin says it's important to the group that there is no fragmentation now.

"They're outstanding players. Every player is so important to the group," added Gavin.

"We don't talk about age in the group, or experience.

"Most of the guys anyway now coming into the season would have All-Ireland medals from the minor and U-21 or senior so the winning of that (first All-Ireland) was never an issue for us.

"It was trying to maximise the collective and to maximise the collective again we need all those players around again next year."

Irish Independent

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