ROBBIE Brady is glad that his fellow Dubliner and fellow Hull City man Stephen Quinn is finally getting the notice he deserves.
The pair have been team-mates at Hull City since 2012, when Quinn made a move from Sheffield United for an estimated £50,000, a fee which Hull boss Steve Bruce regards as one of the best buys of his career.
Their chances to link up at senior international level have been limited due to managerial policies - Brady made his debut against Oman in September 2012 but a frustrated Quinn, overlooked by Giovanni Trapattoni, had to wait 10 months for his debut, another wait until Sunday for his competitive debut.
But Quinn's display in the Irish midfield was not a surprise for Brady. "Stephen was excellent against Georgia, it was a high-pressure game to come into for your first competitive match but he did so well," Brady told The Herald.
"I don't think I have seen him play a bad game. I am playing with him now for the last few years, at club level for a while and now for a year and a bit with Ireland. He is great in training but he does it in games as well, hopefully people will see now what a great player he is.
"It was probably a bit hard on Stephen that he had to wait so long to get into the Irish squad but he stayed patient, he kept plugging away with Hull and he got his rewards on Sunday in Georgia," added Brady.
The former Manchester United man had a couple of perspectives on the win in Tbilisi. He watched the bulk of the match from the bench but then saw action in the closing stages as he was introduced as a 75th minute sub for Quinn.
"Sunday was a tough game for us. We had a great start with the goal from Aiden," says Brady. "We did really well, we kept going until the final minute and got the goal we needed to win it. It was a really hard trip for us, a long journey and a hard place to play in. It was just so important that we got the win. We are off the mark in the group now."