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Robbie Brady

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

14/01/1992

Height

176 cm

Signed

31/01/2017

Country

Republic of Ireland

Robbie Brady became Burnley’s record buy when he made the switch to Turf Moor from Norwich City on deadline day in January 2017.

The Dublin-born youngster signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, with a further year’s option.

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.

He started life at Old Trafford in the club’s Academy set-up before graduating to the professional ranks.

The winger sought first-team football, so signed for Hull City on loan in 2011.

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, which was 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.

The Republic of Ireland international went on to make 27 top-flight appearances that season but couldn’t prevent Hull’s return to the Championship, along with Burnley, in the summer of 2015.

Hull’s relegation prompted newly promoted Norwich City to pay a reported £7m for the winger, who missed just two games in a season long stay in the top-flight for the Canaries.

The first half of the 2016/17 season saw Brady feature regularly once again, but the chance of a third crack at the Premier League brought him to Burnley, where he joined Republic of Ireland team-mates Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward.

Brady marked his home debut for the Clarets with a spectacular goal direct from a free-kick against eventual champions Chelsea which immediately endeared him to the Burnley fans.

He ended his first season with the Clarets having started seven games and with the platform to kick on with his Turf Moor career.

Internationally, Brady has represented his country across all age levels up to the senior side, scoring Ireland’s famous late winner against Italy to take his country into the knock-out stages of Euro 2016 in France.

That earned him the Republic’s goal of the season accolade for 2016/17, with Brady also being named as Ireland’s Player and Young Player of the Year.

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