Tuesday 22 August 2017

Burnley step in after young Robbie Brady superfan has Christmas present ruined by Premier League move

Ireland's Robbie Brady became Burnley's record signing
Ireland's Robbie Brady became Burnley's record signing
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Premier League club Burnley have contributed to the feel-good story of the week - stepping in after a young Irish football fan had his Christmas present ruined by the Clarets' purchase of Ireland star Robbie Brady.

According to The Irish Daily Star, eight-year-old Andrew Whelan from Stradbally, Laois, was all set to fly to England this weekend and watch Norwich City with his father. Whelan is an avid Robbie Brady fan and after enjoying his exploits at Euro 2016, was looking forward to seeing him in person at Carrow Road.

However, that plan was scuppered earlier this week after Brady secured a deadline day move to Burnley in the Premier League.

"Andrew was very upset because he knows he won't be seeing Robbie playing when he goes over for the match on Saturday," his mother Samantha told the paper.

"He's absolutely devastated he won't get to see him. He has been following him for the last year. He has the jersey and all. This year all he wanted from Santy was to go and see Robbie playing."

Whelan was devastated but thankfully, after being alerted to the issue on social media, Burnley look to be willing to accommodate the young Irish fan at Turf Moor.

"We've been approached and we're happy to facilitate," the club said on their Twitter page.

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