Alan Brogan can make all the difference, says Bryan Cullen

Bryan Cullen believes the longer Alan Brogan is on the pitch this Sunday the better the chances of Dublin claiming their third All-Ireland in five seasons.

Cullen started out his career with 2011 Footballer of the Year Brogan, winning an U21 title together in 2003. He knows why Brogan has been used as an impact substitute but believes there is plenty more in him.

“I think Alan’s still got a huge amount to offer,” said Cullen, who retired earlier this year.

“I think Alan’s the best player I played with in my Dublin career, I can see why Jim (Gavin) has held on to him and wants him involved because I think he’s still a massive player for Dublin.

“Firstly I’d love to see him get a little bit more game-time because I think he could have a massive bearing on Sunday.”

Cullen can’t stress enough how important it was for older players, some who are still in the panel, to win their first All-Ireland in 2011. The relief was huge.

“Yeah, because I’m sure there would have been a lot of guys, even guys even a couple of years older than me, going a bit longer than me and I’m sure it would have been a massive relief to them.

“I suppose whatever happens in the years after that, you’re kind of in bonus territory. You have something to show for your career and if you can add another one or two to it, then great. But at least you have that medal in the back pocket.”

The Skerries man can foresee Dublin getting stronger and stronger should they, as he expects, beat Kerry. “Well, this Dublin team has been very successful already. A lot of these guys have two All-Irelands and a few National Leagues under their belt. But obviously I think beating Kerry in the final will be the makings of this team. That will be three in five years and I just think they’ll benefit hugely from it.”

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