BROGAN TO MEET GAVIN OVER DUBLIN FUTURE

Alan Brogan’s Dublin future is likely to be decided this week when the veteran footballer meets with team manager Jim Gavin.

The three-time All Star was reported to have retired after last year’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Donegal, only to come out and quickly deny the rumours, leading to speculation the St Oliver Plunketts man may still line out in a Dublin shirt for the 2015 campaign.

The 33-year-old 2011 All-Ireland and Footballer of the Year winner missed most of the 2013 season through injury but returned to the starting XV last season.

Brogan’s younger brother and fellow Dublin forward Bernard told reporters yesterday that Alan would be meeting with Gavin to discuss his options, and hoped he would pledge another year to the Dubs’ cause.

“He’s meeting Jim this week, to make that call, whatever is going to happen,” said Bernard Brogan.

“I’m hoping he stays on. I think if you’re fit and well and have the legs for it there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep playing.

“I’m sure Jim would see the merit in having a guy of his experience around.”

Alan Brogan made his Allianz League debut for Dublin in 2001, and is currently Dublin’s second most experienced player behind captain Stephen Cluxton.

His decision is likely to be based on his personal commitments, rather than any questions over his long-term fitness.

“It’s obviously about family commitments – he has a new baby coming and he has a kid and a new job. They’re all things that he has to talk with the management about if he does need time off,” added Bernard.

“But as an individual, as I said to him, if you think you can still add something – and I believe you can, and I know from talking to the other lads around the camp, everyone does.

“I’m hoping. I’m confident. I’ve said my piece but it’s down to him and Lydia (Alan’s wife). I’m sure they’ve had long chats.

“I think he’s probably been pushed into this big, massive decision. If that hadn’t happened, he probably would have gone and come into training in his own time.

“But there was so much talk of it so quickly, that he probably had to think about it himself.”

(RTE Sport)
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