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Legend Brogan calls time on his Dublin career

Bernard Brogan
Bernard Brogan
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Bernard Brogan, one of the all-time greats of Dublin football, has called time on his inter-county career.

The supremely gifted forward played a major role in bringing the current Dublin side to a place of eminence in the annals of the GAA through his spectacular scoring exploits in particular.

Yet the 35-year-old remained the quintessential team player who was noted as much for his creativity as he was for his finishing.

Footballer of the Year in 2010, Brogan won seven All-Ireland titles during an illustrious career, along with 13 Leinster Championships, five National Leagues and four All Star awards.

Having made his senior inter-county debut in 2007, he would earn his first Celtic Cross four years later. A man of the match performance in the 2013 All-Ireland final saw Brogan palming home both goals in the win against Mayo.

Under Jim Gavin, Brogan continued to flourish but it became apparent during the summer that his playing time was becoming much more restricted.

The scintillating form of young guns such as Con O'Callaghan, Eoin Murchan and Brian Howard meant that Gavin used Brogan only on a very occasional basis.

But he leaves behind a rich legacy as someone who inspired his team and, in the process, provided endless pleasure for Dublin's thousands of fanatical supporters.

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