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Monday 18 December 2017

Brady's Phelan Good about Mike

IRELAND star Robbie Brady is delighted to get the chance to work with his old Manchester United colleague Mike Phelan once again.

Phelan was on the staff at Old Trafford when Brady joined the Red Devils as a teenager from St Kevin's Boys, and the pair have been reunited since Steve Bruce decided to bring Phelan on board at Hull City.

"It's been good with Mike coming in. He's got some great ideas and it's always good to see that, especially with the background that he has had," said Brady.

"I worked with him at Manchester United, first at a younger age and then before I left I had a bit more to do with him. He's a good all-round coach. His background speaks for itself with the players he's been with in the past.

"I'm happy he's here and I'm looking forward to performing for him and everyone else here at Hull," added Brady.

The Dubliner has had a tough time with injury this season and has started just nine of the Tigers' 25 league games, but he has been on form in recent weeks and is eager to have a strong finish to the campaign.

"I want to do as well as any of the lads and I'll be putting in 100 per cent between now and the end of the season," says Brady, likely to feature for Hull today as they face QPR, a game which could see Hull dragged into the relegation zone if they lose, while David Meyler and Paul McShane have emerged as key figures for Hull in recent games in their relegation battle.

Current Ireland U19 cap Ryan Manning won't be involved for QPR but the Galway lad is making good progress since his move there from Galway United last month, and he will join the first-team squad for a "warm weather" training camp next week.

He caught the eye when Manning claimed two assists in a 2-0 win for the club's U21/reserve side on Thursday and he says he's settling in well at Loftus Road.

"I'm loving it. Training every day is new for me but I'm really enjoying it," said Manning, who set up the goals for Reece Grego-Cox, a team-mate with Ireland's U19s as well as at club level, in that midweek U21 win over Colchester United.

"Training, the matches and now getting my first league win - it's all going well so far. I've just got to keep working hard and taking the opportunities. I'm happy with how things are going and just focused on keeping it going," added Manning, glad to have a familiar face in Grego-Cox.

"I knew Reece from the Irish U19 team, so we seem to work together well and enjoy playing together. It's always nice to have someone you know when you come over," he said.

Manning has yet to make the first-team squad at QPR but the forward, who was signed by Harry Redknapp in January, is very highly-rated at the club.

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