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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Brady eager to grab senior chance with both hands

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

THE year 2012 has been kind to Robbie Brady, and it's set to get even better tomorrow night when he makes his international debut for Ireland.

The Manchester United winger will start the friendly clash with Oman at Craven Cottage, meaning he joins a rare group who have played for their country before making a first-team competitive appearance for their club.

Brady, who was called up for this game after lining out for the U-21s in their defeat to Hungary last Thursday, did spend the summer with the United first team, and was surprised that Alex Ferguson used him as a left-back due a shortage in that department.

He views himself as a natural attacking player. That's how Trapattoni sees him and he will man the right wing tomorrow.

"That was a bit out of the blue when I came back for pre-season," said Brady (below) of his unfamiliar deployment in the tour of South Africa and China.

"All the shape we were doing, he (Ferguson) had me playing at left-back and he said he could see me doing a job there for him.

"I was happy enough to play anywhere but I prefer attacking. And in the starting shape here, I was attacking so I'm happy enough with that."

After playing regularly on loan with Hull last term, the anticipation is that Brady will go out on loan again. For a time, it appeared as though he would be staying in Manchester as back-up for Patrice Evra. However, the capture of Alexander Buttner has given Ferguson another option in that position.

"I spoke to him (Ferguson) early last month when he had me as cover and he wanted me to stay. But they've got cover at left-back now, and I want to play as many games as I can so maybe another loan move would be good.

"I enjoyed the season at Hull, it was my longest without injury and I got 40-odd games which is the most I've ever played in a season and I really enjoyed it."

Brady, a Baldoyle native who played schoolboy football with St Kevin's, is determined to build on this Irish experience.

After scoring seven times for the U-21 side, he hopes this is the beginning of a new chapter.

"I'm delighted that I'm in but I just don't want to come in, meet everybody, say hello and go back out. Hopefully I have come in to stay," he said.

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