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Alan Brogan still has 'years ahead of him' with Dublin
The 2011 Footballer of the Year didn’t play a single minute in the league or championship this season.

THEIR ATTACK HAS been praised as the strongest in the country and All-Ireland champions Dublin expect to have even more firepower when Alan Brogan returns next season.

The 2011 Footballer of the Year was an unused substitute in Croke Park on Sunday as the Dubs collected Sam for the second time in three years.

Making it into the matchday 26 was no small achievement for Brogan who didn’t play a single minute in the 2013 league or championship due to groin and hamstring injuries.

A series of setbacks led to fears that Brogan, now 31, might never play inter-county football again but Dubs boss Jim Gavin expects him to be around for a long while yet.

“He showed great character all through the season. I don’t know how he kept coming back.

“He was in great condition to play [on Sunday], he was set up to play, he was named in the 26 to play. Just on the day, tactically-wise, we didn’t use him.

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“He has years ahead of him in the Dublin team. You can expect to see him strong next year.

Gavin added: “He was a big voice in the dressing room, a lot of experience obviously, and a player of his character and quality is invaluable.”

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