Gavin ready to bring in Dublin legend Alan ahead of NFL semi
DUBLIN'S quest to win back Sam Maguire has received a significant boost with the news that Alan Brogan will be rejoining the squad in the coming week.
The inter-county future of the elder Brogan has been shrouded in mystery for the past seven months - but recent indications suggested that the 2011 Footballer of the Year would be back, and now manager Jim Gavin has confirmed it.
"The plan for a long time has been that Alan joins us next week after the normal rounds of the national league, so he'll be back in with the squad next week," Gavin revealed.
Brogan, 33, who recently became a father for the second time, will be joining up with a very upbeat camp after Dublin stormed to an 11-point victory against Monaghan in Clones yesterday.
That result copperfastened their progress to the Allianz Football League Division One semi-finals - and a Groundhog Day re-match against Monaghan, who still qualified in third place after the Mayo/Donegal and Kerry/Tyrone matches finished in deadlock.
Table-toppers Cork will face Donegal in the first Croke Park semi-final at 2pm next Sunday, with Dublin/Monaghan topping the HQ bill at 4pm.
But while the Blues are now just two wins away from achieving the county's first ever NFL three-in-a-row, Gavin insisted this will not be any extra motivation.
"Our motivation is the championship. That's the premier competition in the country," he concluded.
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