AFTER being handed a brief chance to impress as a sub in Friday's Euro 2016 defeat by Scotland, Robbie Brady is keen to make up for lost time and re-establish himself at international level.
The Dubliner has had only fleeting opportunities under Martin O'Neill as injury has put Brady on the sideline for chunks of the Derryman's year-long tenure.
But O'Neill clearly has some regard for Brady, as evidenced by that sub appearance in Glasgow, and tomorrow's friendly at home to the USA offers Brady another stage.
"It's hard because you don't have much time together and everyone else had been in with the squad and training and getting familiar with the manager. So I missed out on quite a lot," says Brady on the injury-enforced absences which have denied him caps.
"But I'm happy I'm in now and happy I'm training and hopefully I can start producing me best stuff for Ireland when I get an opportunity. I enjoyed the few minutes I was on in Scotland.
"It was a difficult game to come into. I was on for 20-odd minutes and they flew by. But hopefully I can get a few more minutes further along in these group stages.
"And it's good for the lads to get an opportunity to play tomorrow night and try and impress the manager and the management staff and hopefully stay in mind for the next qualifiers," added Brady, who avoids intimate chats with O'Neill and instead focuses on winning the manager's attention in training.
"I try and impress the when you get the opportunity. You don't want to say too much, he can judge himself by how you're training," he added.