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Monday 5 December 2016

Brady: Irish can do better

Robbie's focus is now firmly on Canaries

Robbie Brady in action against Nemanja Gudelj of Serbia
Robbie Brady in action against Nemanja Gudelj of Serbia

His wings were clipped as Robbie Brady stayed a Canary while the transfer window closed last week, and the Ireland international says he already his his focus back on the task of getting Norwich City promoted.

Brady's Ireland team-mates Jeff Hendrick, Shane Duffy, Aiden McGeady and Eunan O'Kane managed to secure moves away from their clubs before the window shut, though only Hendrick (to Burnley) moved to a Premier League side.

Despite him being linked with a series of top flight clubs over the summer, it was a case of 'no deal' as far as the Carrow Road outfit were concerned for Brady, who gets back to the day job tomorrow, Norwich at home to Cardiff City.

"It died down, there was a bit of interest there I think but Alex Neil said he wanted me to stay on, and wanted me to be a part of getting us promoted this season. I need to crack on with my job now and get on with playing for the club," says Brady, who watched as Hendrick left the Irish team's Dublin base to sign.

"There was a bit going on in the hotel last week on deadline day, lads going here and there, a bit of excitement but once the window closes, it closes, and we all got our heads round to focus on the game in Serbia. Looking back now it was a tough shift but a good result," added Brady, stressing the difficulty in playing on a poor-quality pitch in Belgrade.

"I haven't played on a pitch that bad in a long time, it brought me back to playing on the green outside your ma's house," jokes the Baldoyle lad.

"It was chopping up the day before the game but I think the rain actually helped it, it still wasn't great but that's football, you need to be able to play on these surfaces. I enjoyed it in ways different to normal, but it was good to get a positive result.

combination

"We can play better, I think it was a combination of things. The time off, the pitch, it was just a tough night to play football and little errors here and there didn't help us. It was a good draw but there's a lot more to come from us in the group and we'll only get better as the group goes on," added Brady.

Now owner of the Ireland No. 10 shirt, it seems Brady has left his full-back days with Ireland behind. "I think the manager could change it again but I will play wherever he tells me," he says. "I prefer playing further up the field and I have enjoyed it n the Euros at midfield, I played in midfield again the other night, it wasn't as easy to get on the ball and play but I like being on the ball and being in the thick of it."

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