Brogan's long fight back from the broken leg he suffered at M.K. Dons some 20 months ago was confirmed with a goal at Port Vale. He spoke to the Advertiser of his feelings saying:
"I feel good, "There is still a slight limp which everyone talks about but it doesn't affect my football. It's not pain-related. It's just habit and it's not affecting my pace or anything. I've still got a bit of stiffness in my ankle but I feel I can get back in the team and do a job like I did before and be just as successful. After all my time out, to score was brilliant," he added.
"I have been waiting for my chance and to score like that more or less straight away was fantastic. It made it all the sweeter when it's in front of your fans and it helped us to three points.
"The first ever goal I scored for Rotherham was a header, but I'm not known for them. This one came to me just perfect and I think you could see from my celebration that I enjoyed it My dad and my sister were watching as well. I was all smiles afterwards."
His comeback was very nearly postponed with a bout of flu. "I had been doing well in the reserves and edging back in but then I got 'flu and I was looking dodgy for the Vale game. I felt awful but I was back in for training on Thursday and Friday and then I got my chance to get on when Kev (Ellison) pulled up early.
"Scoring puts your name up there and people will think I'm back. I want to be recognised like that rather than people asking, am I back to what I was?"
Brogan still favours playing in defence, but he will settle to play anywhere in the team:
"If it was up to me I'd like to play leftback but the team is doing well and everyone is fighting for the places and you just want to play, especially in my situation," added Brogan.
"Kevin Ellison has been doing well, so I don't know what the gaffer is thinking as regards the next match but hopefully I've put my case forward. If he doesn't play me and I'm on the bench, I'll just get on with it and hope I can come on and do a job again.
"It's just a matter of getting back on the field for Rotherham and scoring." Stephan added, "It's good to be up there battling for promotion and it's brilliant to be involved in a team like this, especially with me being a local lad."
Brogan suffered a broken nose during the game Manager Ronnie Moore said: "The first thing he did when he came in the dressing room was look straight in the mirror. I said 'you can't get any uglier so I don't know what you're worried about.'
"Now we've got a lovely long trip to Torquay so he can get his feet up, nose iced, and get himself right for this week." Moore added, "He's proved to himself and everybody else that he is back and that he can still play. There was a lot of concern about the injury but he's worked hard to get back.
"Brogan gives you that little bit more guile. He likes to get involved. He's an attacking minded full-back but he can also play as a left winger for us. "After Saturday, he knew he'd played in a game, I can tell you that."
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