'For me, it's a very personal journey now and trying to see can I get back up to the level, to add value' - Bernard Brogan
BERNARD BROGAN firmly believes that he can still "add value" to Dublin's quest for a history-making All-Ireland five-in-a-row.
The multi-decorated former Footballer of the Year battled back from cruciate surgery to play a fleeting role in last summer's championship campaign, via a late appearance off the bench against Roscommmon in the ‘Super 8s'.
Brogan admits that he could have walked away afterwards … but after much off-season consideration and the encouragement of Dublin boss Jim Gavin, he vowed to fight on.
"Last year, the way it went, I could have easily retired," the 35-year-old forward remarked, speaking at today's launch of SuperValu's tenth year as sponsor of the All-Ireland senior football championship.
"I could have gone off and I would have been fine, and no one would have questioned you.
"For me, it's a very personal journey now and trying to see can I get back up to the level, to add value," he continued.
"Obviously I've had a lot of chats with Jim about it, a lot of chats with management, about where's my value? Do you still believe that I can offer something to the group?
"And the answer was ‘yes', and that was my motivation to go again. I still believe that I have the skilled football and the guile and bit of experience, that I can add something different to the group that's there.
"If I didn't think that, I would have retired or Jim would have said, ‘Do you know what, we don't need you any more, we've enough there.'
"And we had very open and honest conversations. So, for me, it's about just trying to get back."
Brogan was not surprised that he wasn't part of Dublin's 26-man match-day panel for last Saturday's Leinster SFC opener against Louth.
However, he had hoped for more of an opportunity during the Allianz League, where his involvement was confined to a late cameo in the last round against Cavan, when he came on as a 65th minute sub.
"I was hoping for probably a little bit more time in the league, to try and get a bit of momentum," he admitted.
"That would have helped me in my own head … but I'm training really well since."