Former Dublin star and All Ireland Winner Alan Brogan believes Bernard has something to contribute in this Saturday’s All Ireland Replay
Five National League medals, twelve Leinster Championships, Six All Ireland’s, Four All Stars. The 2010 GAA/GPA Football Player Of The Year Bernard Brogan is one of the most well known Dublin panel members. And he’s equally as well decorated over the past decade and a half. One thig he has on older brother Alan Brogan.
The Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh club man has done it all for club and county. He’s suffered through bad time with Dublin. But thankfully he was there for more of the good times that came later.
it’s hard to believe the Brogan’s last start for Dublin was back in Round 1 of the 2018 Football League. He played 60 minutes against Kildare before being replaced by Paddy Andrews. He looked sharp. Like the Brogan everyone knew and loved. Set up goals for both Dean Rock and Brian Fenton, and scored a point himself.
Days later, during inter county training, Bernard went for a high ball. He got blinded by floodlights in innisfails and landed awkwardly, damaging his cruciate.
Twenty months later and all we’ve seen of Brogan was off the bench against Tyrone in Dublin’s Super 8 clash in Omagh. He’s failed to make the match day panel for both the All Ireland Semi Final and drawn Final against Kerry.
Could he feature, and could he do a job?
Big Brother Alan believes that after the performances of some of Dublin’s key subs in last week final, there could be room for Bernard to perhaps have one final fling with Croke Park.
“There’s always a role for experienced subs,” Alan explained in his Herald column.
“Players who have been there and seen everything there is to see and dealt with all the pressures that go on around All-Ireland finals outside of the match itself.”
“If the game is stretched, as it was last Sunday week late on, he’s (Bernard) exactly the sort of fella who only needs one touch to snap off a shot in injury time.”
He goes on to explain that Bernard is certainly an inside option, similar to Paddy Small and Paddy Andrews. One with as much experience on a big final day as any other player in the dressing room. Alan compares him to a comfort blanket.
“Having Bernard there, even as a sounding board for the other players, would be hugely beneficial for the Dublin panel.”
“And judging by how sharp he looked, albeit in a fleeting appearance in Omagh, and how he has performed in League games with the club this summer, he could definitely make an impact on the pitch.”
“Forwards like Bernard are rare.”