Monday 1 May 2017

Suspension takes gloss off as Brady bags top honours

Robbie Brady, Senior International Player of the Year during the Three FAI International Soccer Awards at RTE Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Robbie Brady, Senior International Player of the Year during the Three FAI International Soccer Awards at RTE Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Robbie Brady reflected on a memorable 2016 as he scooped the major honours at the FAI International Awards.

However, it was his last act in an Irish jersey that has bugged the Dubliner over the past fortnight.

Brady, who last night became the first player to win both the Senior and Young Player of the Year awards on account of his French exploits, will miss Friday's World Cup qualifier with Wales due to suspension.

He picked up a second yellow card of the campaign in November's win over Austria.

The 25-year-old has still reported for duty with a view to helping preparations and playing in next Tuesday's game with Iceland.

"I'm devastated I'm going to be missing the game, especially in the last few weeks with all the build-up," said the recent Burnley recruit.

"Now I'm not involved, it's hitting home and I'm disappointed in myself for the two yellow cards. But I'll be doing my part to get the lads ready for Friday and I know they'll be ready to go and will put in a performance to get the result."

Coped

The Dubliner is taking encouragement from the fact that Ireland have coped with a proliferation of absentees during the first four matches of the campaign - although Martin O'Neill has said that the picture this week is particularly grim, with Harry Arter, Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark also out and question marks over James McCarthy and Wes Hoolahan.

"We've been excellent in the campaign," said Brady.

"David Meyler was excellent against Austria and it just shows you that everyone is ready to do their bit and show what they have got and I'm sure everyone is ready to step up."

Brady admitted he still hadn't got around to watching the full coverage of his performances at Euro 2016, although he will never tire of watching his dramatic goal against Italy in Lille.

"I was speaking to Wes (Hoolahan) a few months ago and he said we just need a night where we put the games on," he said.

Meanwhile, ex-Ireland skipper Robbie Keane was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the FAI's annual bash, and confirmed that he intends to find a new club in the summer.

Keane has been training with Shamrock Rovers to keep sharp, but the 36-year-old is looking further afield to prolong his career.

"I'm really enjoying my time with the family. It just wasn't the right time," said Keane.

"I had offers but, at the moment, it wasn't the right time. I'll wait for the summer and see what happens. I'm tempted to play on."

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