Saturday 21 September 2019

'If he does make the 26, he's making it on merit' - Brogan facing nervous wait ahead of Dublin team announcement

Bernard Brogan, centre, is in contention for a place in Dublin's All-Ireland final squad. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Bernard Brogan, centre, is in contention for a place in Dublin's All-Ireland final squad. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

TOMÁS Quinn has backed Bernard Brogan to make an impact on Sunday’s All-Ireland final if he makes Jim Gavin’s 26-man matchday panel.

Brogan, 35, did not make the cut for Dublin’s semi-final victory over Mayo having come off the bench in Omagh a week previous when a largely second string team beat Tyrone in Healy Park in the last game of the Super 8s.

But Quinn felt Brogan "probably did more on the pitch than a lot of the guys who might have been on longer," in that cameo and reckons "it’s going to be very close," as to whether his former team-mate makes the squad for what is expected to be the last game of a stellar inter-county career.

"My own personal opinion is that if he does make the 26, he's making it on merit," said Quinn, speaking at the launch of Electric Ireland’s ‘Championship Haircut’ campaign.

"And by virtue of the fact that the management think he has a role to play. I don't think there's any chance in the world that he's going to be there on any kind of sentiment.

"A lot will probably depend on whether the whole squad is fit and available for selection.

"It's obviously going to be a challenge for him, he didn't make the squad for the last game. I thought he looked really sharp up in Tyrone, he probably wasn't on for as long as he would have liked but he looked sharp."

Despite his age and the long recuperation Brogan as undergone from the ACL rupture he suffered last year, Quinn says he would have "no issue," about putting him into Sunday’s final.

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"My own personal opinion is that I'd have him in there, as an option,” he said.

"If it came down to the last five or six minutes and you needed a score, ultimately those type of situations aren't going to be about your fitness or how fast you can run or the distance you can cover.

"Bernard's skill set is getting a yard of space, can he shoot accurately off left and right? Yes, he can, and if you need a score then he'd be one of the guys I'd have no issue looking to."

Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards Panel member for 2019, Tomás Quinn highlights the importance of the pre-game ritual to Minor players, encouraging fans to be a part of “The Championship Haircut” which returns to Croke Park for the Electric Ireland GAA All Ireland Minor Football Final, for the second year running. Fans can avail of a free cut or style between 11.30am – 1pm on the Cusack Stand Side. #GAAThisIsMajor

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