Brogan: Cork defeat will spur us on

Newly-crowned GAA Footballer of the Year Bernard Brogan was delighted to pick up his award at the Citywest Hotel on Friday, but says that the lack of team accolades for Dublin this year will drive them on for 2011.

Newly-crowned GAA Footballer of the Year Bernard Brogan was delighted to pick up his award at the Citywest Hotel on Friday, but says that the lack of team accolades for Dublin this year will drive them on for 2011.

"Obviously it is great to get personal recognition and it is such a prestigious award - it is a great honour to win it," he said.

"But, at the end of the day, we play for Dublin and we play for our counties as a team and that's where we want the glory and stuff."

This past summer saw Dublin come very close to a first All-Ireland final appearance since 1995, with a slender one-point loss to Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Brogan says that the heartbreak of that defeat and hunger for success has the Dubs already looking forward to next year's campaign.

"We want to be winning, and winning medals, and hopefully we are going to give it a good lash next year.

"We will be back into it and hitting hard from January on," he added.

Brogan picked up Dublin's lone All-Star football accolade on Friday night, at full-forward.

It is the first time since 2008 that a Dublin player has earned a football All-Star, with Shane Ryan the Metropolitans' most recent winner two years ago.

With Bernard's brother Alan and father Bernard Snr already honoured as All-Stars in previous years, the Brogans are the first family to have a father and two sons as All-Stars.

Bernard is delighted to be continuing a proud family tradition, saying: "It's great to follow in my brother's footsteps, he has a couple of them now.

"My dad also won in the 1970s and it's a great family achievement."

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