Robbie Brady completes transfer from Manchester United to Hull
Published 09/01/2013 | 05:00
HULL CITY have officially completed their double swoop for Irish internationals Robbie Brady and David Meyler.
The Tigers made their capture a transfer window priority and have shelled out a total of £3.5m for their services.
Both players have agreed three-and-a-half year contracts after impressing in loan spells.
Brady was given the go-ahead by Alex Ferguson to leave Manchester United, with the Dubliner unable to add to a solitary League Cup appearance for the Red Devils.
The Premier League leaders have received £2m for the 20-year-old, who was tipped for stardom when he was recruited from St Kevin's Boys. However, he found it hard to negotiate the path to the first team.
Brady spent last season at Hull, but did play a part in Manchester United's pre-season preparations at left-back.
However, he is most comfortable on the wing and made his breakthrough to the Ireland set-up in last September's 4-1 win over Oman.
Giovanni Trapattoni was impressed by the player's confidence and set-piece ability and, having urged Darron Gibson to depart Old Trafford before the Derryman accepted it was time to move, the Italian would welcome Brady's decision.
Similarly, Meyler's move should aid his international prospects. He also made his debut at senior level in the Oman fixture and displayed some signs of rustiness borne from a lack of first team action.
He has thrived in his loan spell at Hull, scoring three times and looking like the player who lit up the Premier League before two knee injuries halted his rise at Sunderland.
Martin O'Neill has never been convinced, but Steve Bruce is a fan and feels the 23-year-old is mobile enough to deliver on his potential.
Hull are currently second in the Championship and hold realistic hopes of automatic promotion.
"Sunderland is a special place and I will be sad to leave, but the show must go on and I have to further my career," said Meyler.