Friday 21 October 2016

Mick Galvin: Alan Brogan won't be content with place on Dublin's bench this summer

Alan Brogan
Alan Brogan

MICK GALVIN feels it will be "hard for someone like Alan Brogan" to accept a spot on Dublin's bench this summer.

The 2011 Footballer of the Year has played only challenge matches in blue this year, though he did score a goal and make another as a starter against Clare in Miltown Malbay two weekends ago and has found some decent form upon his return to the Dublin panel, having sat out all of their winter and spring schedule.

Yet while 1995 All-Ireland SFC winner Galvin reckons Brogan "realises that he's not going to start in the first round of the Championship against Longford" this coming Sunday, he adds: "the candle still burns to be a starter for Dublin.

"In his heart of hearts, he's coming back to be a starter for Dublin.


"If it doesn't happen and he becomes the player they bring on with 20 or 25 minutes to go, so be it.

"I genuinely think he's going back there believing he can start at 11 or 15 and make a huge contribution, which I think he can.

"It's how Jim uses him to the best for the team."

Brogan started at centre-forward in Dublin's last Championship match, their humbling All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Donegal last August although the return of Ciarán Kilkenny - who missed all of last summer with a cruciate ligament injury - grants manager Jim Gavin added options this year.

Feasibly, Brogan could find himself returning to the full-forward line where he made a distinguished name for himself under the management of Tommy Lyons and 'Pillar' Caffrey and with Eoghan O'Gara out for the rest of the year, Dublin are shorn of at least one strong option in that area, though Dean Rock's prolific spring is likely to see him begin the Championship in O'Gara's stead.

"I'm very, very sorry to hear about Eoghan because Eoghan gave us something that none of the players currently can give us," Galvin added. "If we're under pressure or there's a lot of bodies in there, you can throw it in on top of him and he's very strong, very physical.


"You'll only quantify how big a loss when you are in trouble in some of those games and you keep putting it into the same players when Eoghan would have brought something different.

"But I think the forward line is still pretty strong. It's getting the right mix.

"I believe Ciarán Kilkenny is moving quite well now," Galvin adds. "I've seen him in club games around the county too and he seems to be finding his feet again."

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