Sunday 21 January 2018

Off the Ball: Brogan's late run merits Footballer of Year gong

Bernard Brogan: His display in Sunday's final makes him a contender for Footballer of the Year
Bernard Brogan: His display in Sunday's final makes him a contender for Footballer of the Year

Colm Parkinson

With the dust settled on the All-Ireland SFC, focus turns to the All Stars and Footballer of the Year. Unlike other years, there's no obvious winner, but here are my four candidates.

Michael Darragh Macauley has had a great year for Dublin. While he wasn't as effective in the final as other games, neither were the O'Shea brothers. His engine, work ethic and forward runs make him the ultimate modern-day midfielder.

Stephen Cluxton transforms this Dublin side. Dublin are almost guaranteed possession from his kick-outs – and they're almost guaranteed scores from his '45s'.

Colm Cooper was outstanding this summer, but missing the final will count against him. His move to centre-forward has shown us the playmaking side of his game we saw glimpses of over the last decade.

Bernard Brogan had a relatively quiet year in scoring terms until the semi-final. Yet he still ended up top scorer in the championship from play. When Dublin needed him at the business end of the year, he stood up and was counted. He scored 0-6 against Kerry, and 2-3 in the final. For doing it when it matters, I'm going for Brogan.

CP

Irish Independent

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