'Privileged' Alan Brogan calls time on illustrious Dublin career
Dublin star Alan Brogan has announced his retirement from inter-county football after 14 seasons and paid tribute to the "wonderfully gifted" team he leaves behind.
The 33-year-old retires with three All-Ireland medals, 11 Leinster titles, three All Stars and the 2011 Player of the Year award where he succeeded his brother Bernard.
Speculation has mounted since Jim Gavin's side defeated Kerry in this year's All-Ireland decider that the St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh clubman may not return for a 15th season and today he confirmed that he was hanging up his boots for Dublin.
In a statement released today, he paid tribute to all those who have helped him enjoy such a stellar career.
Had the unpleasant task of marking Alan Brogan a few times, gave me a skinning once or twice, another top class 11 calls it a day. #GAA— Adrian Flynn™ (@Panthero84) December 15, 2015
"Representing Dublin for the last 14 years has given me immense satisfaction and joy, both the good days and the bad," he said.
"I leave behind a wonderfully gifted football team but take with me many great memories, friendships and bonds. I would like to thank all the players that I soldiered with and against, and the managers and mentors who have guided me from an early age when I began the pursuit of my sporting dreams. I would like to pay particular thanks to Tommy Lyons, Pillar Caffrey, Pat Gilroy and Jim Gavin, whose commitment to the Dublin cause was an inspiration to me and my teammates over the years."
The loyal Dublin supporters were also given a special mention by the decorated forward.
"Lastly to the Dublin supporters and Hill 16, thank you for the unwavering support during my time playing in blue. You helped to create some of the greatest sporting occasions this country has ever seen. I have always claimed that you are the greatest fans in the world. Thanks for the memories.
"I am privileged to have represented this great county in over 70 championship games. I will miss the camaraderie in the dressing room, the drive through Fairview on Championship days and not to mention Croke Park with a full house. However, I now look forward to taking my place amongst the Dublin fans and supporting my heroes again for many years to come."
Former Kerry All-Ireland winning captain Declan O'Sullivan announced today that has been forced to retire from all Gaelic football following his latest surgery.
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