Robbie Brady began this season with Manchester United on their pre-season tour. Now he is a Hull City player.
Robbie Brady has signed for Hull City on a permanent deal from Manchester United, clinching the transfer yesterday.
While the player will no doubt be excited about the move, it certainly comes with a few negatives.
First of all for any young player leaving United, it is tough, especially when they have to make the decision themselves.
Brady felt at Hull he would get more first team football, quite rightly, and Steve Bruce was able to persuade him to sign on a permanent basis.
He is in his second spell at the KC Stadium, with this loan move now turned permanent.
Brady is a Republic of Ireland international, scoring an excellent volley on his debut last year. Only 20 he clearly has potential and if Hull continue their current push they will end up in the Premier League next season. The Championship is one of the most open for years, and Hull are well placed to at least finish in the play offs.
If he can help them clinch promotion he really will enhance his reputation. The disappointing thing for Brady is he could potentially have been playing Premier League football this year had he pushed for it.
Had Sir Alex Ferguson declared him available for loan to a fellow Premier League team this January, his exciting international development would certainly have attracted potential takers, from Sunderland to Wigan.
It may be a case of one step back and hopefully two forward for Brady, but had he held out for a Premier League move this season then who knows how he could have placed himself for United's first team next season. With question marks over Nani's future, a place on the wing was there for the taking if he was able to make an impression, but that's all gone now.
Still Brady has the talent to make United end up regretting allowing him to leave so easily. If the Red Devils are wise, they will have inserted a buy-back clause in with his deal, enabling them to have first option and re-sign him at a knock down price.
He is certainly a player to continue to watch over the course of his career and don't rule out an eventual return to Old Trafford.
Are you surprised Brady was allowed to leave so easily?
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