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Friday 15 December 2017

Brady 'can play way into Fergie's first-team'

HIGHLY-RATED Irish youngster Robbie Brady has been told he will get a chance to work his way into the first-team squad at Manchester United next season.

The Dubliner, who earlier this month equalled the all-time scoring record with the Irish U21 side, spent last season on loan at Hull City.

Hull's new boss Steve Bruce hopes to use his connection with Manchester United to snap up Brady on another loan deal. But United have said that Brady will at least get a chance to impress Alex Ferguson in pre-season, along with team-mate Josh King, who was also on loan from United to Hull last term.

"Robbie and Josh will definitely go out on loan again but at this time of year they have the chance to catch the manager's eye. They will feel they have a chance to go on the first-team tour and that leaves for South Africa and the Far East on July 17," said United's reserve team boss, Warren Joyce.

"They will get games and they will hope to show the manager how close they are to the first team.

"No decisions have been made on any of our players yet. The trouble is with the Euros and the Olympics and the youth Euros there are a lot of our players out on international duty and I'll know more next week.

"Josh and Robbie will start back at the club next week, but everyone will be at a different stage when they get back to the club in terms of their preparation. It's a case of getting everyone together and letting them get the first few weeks under their belts.

"You can't really talk about plans at this stage as they can easily get turned on their head."

If Brady is unable to make it into United's designated 25-man squad for the Premier League season, it's likely he will be sent out on loan again.

CHAMPIONSHIP side Birmingham City have offered new deals to Irish stars Stephen Carr and Colin Doyle.

The duo are out of contract at St Andrews but new boss Lee Clark is keen to have the experienced pair on board for next season.

"Both players have been offered a new deal and are in negotiations with the club. I want them to stay," says Clark.

"I 100 per cent want Stephen Carr here. He is infectious and a good leader, very fit.

"I know Stephen well and used to play with him. I know what he offers and he has a part to play here."

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