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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Brogan's class is permanent

Bernard leaves latest calling card in superb career in blue

Bernard Brogan
Bernard Brogan

There was a brilliance to Bernard Brogan's performance yesterday that should be appreciated and cherished in equal measure by all Dublin supporters.

His five points from play when introduced for the black-carded Dean Rock only partly tell the story of Brogan's influence over the course of the contest and in the overall mindset of Dublin as they seek an elusive three-in-a-row of All-Irelands.

Grace

Having won all that he has won, it would be the easiest thing in the world for Brogan to have departed the scene last autumn with four All-Irelands in his back póca and a reputation as one of the finest forwards to grace the game over the past decade and longer.

A Footballer of the Year award back in 2010 was an added acknowledgement of his influence as Dublin made the leap from perennial underachievers to fully-blown contenders but despite the accolades, the feeling persisted that Brogan was admired but not loved as much as some of the other heroes in blue that became darlings of Hill 16.

Indeed, this column would have had a preference for his elder brother Alan back in the day but with age comes maturity and a greater appreciation and respect for what Bernard has achieved and more importantly, what he continues to achieve.

There are very few players around the country who could have made such an impression as Brogan did yesterday, refusing to sulk despite his non-selection, with his impeccable attitude and example he presents of major benefit to Jim Gavin and his backroom team.

Of course, time waits for no man and at some stage in the not too distant future, Brogan will call time on his intercounty career.

He will be remembered as a two-footed, clinical, single-minded attacker that played a massive role in Dublin's return to the top table.

His professionalism and desire to succeed has helped cultivate a winning mentality and when the day finally arrives and Brogan's exits the national scene, he will be missed in Dublin and further afield as among the best to have ever graced the county colours.

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