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Robbie Brady

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Norwich Career: 2015-17 (62 appearances, 7 goals)
Current Club: Preston North End
Date of Birth: 14/01/1992 (Dublin) 
Nationality: Irish


Robbie Brady ended one of Summer 2015's longest drawn out transfer deals when he signed for Norwich on 29th July 2015 from Hull City for a fee believed to be £7million. The Irish international winger signed a three year contract with the Canaries.

He was spotted by Manchester United scouts playing for St Kevin's Boys in Dublin and joined United's academy in January 2008, shortly after his sixteenth birthday. A regular in the reserves, he made one first team appearance for United, coming on as a late substitute in a 2-1 win over Newcastle in the League Cup on 26th September 2012.

He was loaned to Hull on 19th July 2011 and made his debut for the Tigers in a 1-0 defeat to Blackpool on 5th August 2011. His first goal came against Reading in a 1-0 win on 26th August 2011. He had a second loan spell at Hull starting in November 2012 but made the switch permanent on 8th January 2013. He made 114 league appearances before joining Norwich

Capped by Ireland, he was their Under-21 Player of the Year in 2011. He made his full international debut against Oman in September 2012. At the time of his transfer to Norwich, he had played 13 games for Ireland, scoring three goals.

Brady made his debut in Norwich's 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on 8th August 2015. He scored his first goal for Norwich in the 2-2 draw at West Ham on 26th September 2015.

Brady played a key role helping Ireland qualify for the Euro2016 finals in France, scoring a vital away goal in the first leg of the playoff qualifier against Bosnia.He also set up Ireland's second goal, scored by Jon Walters, in the second leg. ireland qualified 3-1 on aggregate. In March 2016, World Soccer named the 500 most influential players in World football and included Lafferty in their list. On 20th March 2016, he was named as the Republic of Ireland's Young Player of the Year, beating Derby players Jeff Hendrick and Cyrus Christie

Brady made 34 appearances for City in 2015/16, scoring three goals, as the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League. On 31st May 2016, he was included in the Irish squad for the European Championships in France. He started both of Ireland's first round games (1-1 with Sweden, 0-3 versus Belgium). He was also the subect of considerable transfer speculation linking him to Leicester City, West Brom, Sunderland, Southamptonand former club Hull. The Irish Independent reported Norwich’s top brass want £12m for the versatile left-sided player. Robbie's stock went up when he scored for Ireland in the 1-0 win over Italy at Euro 2016 taking the Irish into the last 16. In that round, he scored the opener for Ireland only for them to lose 2-1 to France. With Leicester interested, Norwich were reported to have slapped a £20m price tag on Brady. On 10th July 2016, it was reported that Everton were leading the race to sign Brady. In the end Brady remained at Norwich

The January 2017 transfer window saw Brady linked with moves to Crystal Palace, Leicester, Burnley, Aston Villa (in a swap for Ross McCormack) and Newcastle. On 31st January 2017, he signed for Burnley for a fee that could reach £13million which is both a record signing for the Clarets and a record sale for the Canaries. He signed a three and a half year deal with Burnley.

On 27th May 2021 Burnley announced that Brady would leave the club in the summer of 2021 when his contract expired. In his first season he helped the Clarets to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League. But a serious knee injury the following season ruled him out for nearly a year, and he has seen playing time curtailed by more injuries in the past two years. He played just 87 times for Burnley.

During September 2021 he was linked with moves to Celtic, Middlesbrough and Swansea whose manager Russell Martin turned down the opportunity to be reunited with Brady. “I love Robbie as a guy. He’s brilliant,” said Martin. “Fantastic player, been in the Premier League for the last however long. But I haven’t spoken to him. I haven’t spoken to him for a while, being honest. So there’s nothing in that at the moment. He’s a good player, a really good player, but I just think we’ve got a lot of players at the moment, we just need to work out who’s going to fit in and who’s going to really be with us over a long period of time."

On 18th October 2021 Brady signed for Championship side Bournemouth until the end of the 2021/22 season. Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: "To be able to sign a player of Robbie's experience and calibre on a free transfer is a coup.Robbie has huge quality and versatility to add another important option to Scott Parker and his coaching staff." Bournemouth were promoted back to the Premier League on 3rd May 2022 although Brady had made only seven appearances. Although out of contract with Bournemouth, the club reported that they were in discussions with him. That didn't stop Talksport claiming Championship sides Burnley, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Middlesbrough, Norwich City and Sunderland  were all interested in signing him.

On 6th July 2022 Brady returned to the North West signing for Preston on a 12 month deal.

In November 2022 Brady shared his mental health struggles which "paralysed" him as he attempted to come to terms with the loss of close family members and the injuries which have plagued his career. He spoke about the anxiety with which he was living following the deaths of an auntie, a cousin, a close friend, his nanny and his grandad, and a succession of fitness problems including a serious knee injury which sidelined him for almost a year. He said: "It was after I done my knee the year after the Euros. Up until that, I hadn't a care in the world. "I was loud, this, that and the other. Then, I don't know if you've ever had anxiety or anything before - honestly, I hadn't a clue about it. Then, one day, boom, just paralysed. I was like, 'What is this?'. I was frozen solid. That went on for two to three years. They say you carry stress in your body, and it does come out. It was a rough few years. I struggled. But I'm back now, I'm happy." 

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