Tuesday 12 December 2017

Alan Brogan: I came back to play, not to sit on the bench

Alan Brogan, Dublin
Alan Brogan, Dublin
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Double All-Ireland winner Alan Brogan admits that the Leinster Championship opener against Longford may come too soon for him, but is aiming to win back his place on the team.

The 2012 Footballer of the Year decided to commit to another year with Dublin, returning at the conclusion of Dublin's National League campaign.

Longford will provide the opposition for the Dubs first taste of provincial action this summer though the 33-year-old admits he may not feature.

"That game [Longford] might come too soon," he told Newstalk's Off The Ball programme tonight.

The classy attacker dispelled notions that he is earmarked for an impact substitute role and says his aim is to reclaim a starting position in the team.

"I came back to play as much as I can, not to sit on the bench. If that's what happens, that's what happens.

"I am coming back to try and get into the team

"If I thought I was coming back to sit on the bench I probably wouldn't have come back, but that could happen and if that happens, I'll be okay with that.

"He [Jim Gavin] wanted me to come back he said there was a role for me"

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