Alan Brogan in frame for decider with Cork
JAMES McCARTHY says Alan Brogan has "put his hand up as much as anyone," for selection ahead of next Sunday's Allianz League Division 1 final with Cork in Croke Park.
The 2011 Footballer of the Year hasn't played in Croke Park since last year's All-Ireland semi-final loss to Donegal, though he made a comeback to Dublin training last week and played the entire 70 minutes as an experimental team drew with Galway last Sunday in Skerries to mark the opening of Skerris Harps' new clubhouse.
Brogan scored 0-4 from play in that match, including the point that secured a draw for Dublin and McCarthy insisted: "He's moving well. He was in training last week. He's not too far of it now. I heard he did well (on Sunday).
"So a big plus for us."
"He looks fit. I know he was playing away for the club. He's a naturally fit guy anyway ... it's a great boost for us with the experience that he has. He's a great player.
"I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was involved at the weekend," the Ballymun player added.
"I'd say he's put his hand up as much as anyone else has.
"I wouldn't be surprised at all."