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Friday 9 December 2016

Alan Brogan in last bid for Sam

Dublin veteran back from break to win his place and another All-Ireland in Sky Blue swansong

Dublin GAA football star Alan Brogan, his childhood hero Mick Galvin and Alan's son Jamie (6). Photo: ?INPHO/Billy Stickland
Dublin GAA football star Alan Brogan, his childhood hero Mick Galvin and Alan's son Jamie (6). Photo: ?INPHO/Billy Stickland

ALAN Brogan says 2015 will probably be his last year as a Dublin footballer and that he had only one goal in mind after committing for a 14th season.

"At this stage of my career, I'm coming back to try and win an All-Ireland," insisted the 33-year-old former Footballer of the Year.

"It doesn't always work like that but I believe we have a team strong enough to compete.

"If you know it's going to be your last chance you want to give it everything you can. That certainly does play a part in the mindset and that's probably the way I'll treat it."

Having spent the spring in cold storage whilst Dublin won a third League title in succession, Brogan accepts his chances of starting against Longford on May 31 in Dublin's Leinster SFC are minute, though more long term, he is determined to win back a spot in Jim Gavin's preferred attacking alignment.

"I still think I'm good enough to play," he admitted.

"If I didn't, I wouldn't be here. If I thought I was going to be a sub for the whole Championship, would I have come back? Probably not. I came back to get into the team."

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