New Burnley record buy Robbie Brady was spotted playing youth football in Ireland – where he was a friend and team-mate of Clarets’ midfielder Jeff Hendrick with the St Kevin’s Boys club – and signed by Manchester United as a 16-year-old.
The Dublin-born youngster started life at Old Trafford in the club’s Academy set-up before graduating to the professional ranks and making one senior appearance as a substitute in a September, 2012 League Cup tie.
A left-sided midfielder player, who is also able to operate at full-back, Brady had already spent one spell on loan at Hull City at that stage of his career.
He made 39 Championship appearances for the Tigers in the 2011/12 season as Hull finished just outside the play-off places.
Brady returned to the KC Stadium in November, 2012 with a second loan spell being made permanent in January, 2013 when he joined Steve Bruce’s side for an undisclosed fee.
Four goals in 32 appearances helped Hull secure automatic promotion to the Premier League as they finished second behind Championship winners Cardiff City.
Brady then scored four goals in six games at the start of the 2013/14 season before injury kept him out of the closing months of the campaign, including Hull’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
Hull’s run to the final gave him a taste of Europe the following season, with Brady scoring twice in a Europa League qualifying-round over Belgian side Lokeren, whose away goal in the second leg was enough to knock the Tigers out.
Brady went on to make 27 top-flight appearances that season but couldn’t prevent Hull going back down to the Championship, along with Burnley, in the summer of 2015.
That prompted newly-promoted Norwich City to pay a reported £7m for the winger, who missed just two games in a one-season stay in the top-flight for the Canaries.
Brady has again been a regular for Norwich this season but the chance of a third crack at the Premier League brought him to Burnley for an undisclosed fee, with the 25-year-old signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.
At Turf Moor, Brady joins Republic of Ireland team-mates Hendrick and Stephen Ward.
Starting out as a schoolboy international, Brady has represented his country across the age levels to full international status.
Capped 31 times, Brady has scored seven times at senior level, including Ireland’s famous late winner against Italy at the finals of Euro 2016 to take Martin O’Neill’s side through to the knock-out stages.