Norwich City duo Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan up for top FAI player of the year prize

Left-sided player Robbie Brady has been struggling with a calf problem of late. Picture: PAUL CHESTE

Left-sided player Robbie Brady has been struggling with a calf problem of late. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Two Norwich City players make up a three-man shortlist to win the Republic of Ireland's top individual football prize.

Wes Hoolahan. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES

Wes Hoolahan. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Robbie Brady and Canaries legend Wes Hoolahan are in the running for the FAI (Football Association of Ireland) Senior International Player of the Year award at Sunday's glitzy ceremony in Dublin. Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters is the other hopeful as the Irish game prepares to honour its finest players.

None of the trio have lifted their country's most prestigious prize but all have played a huge part in securing Ireland's qualification for this summer's European Championships in France.

Hoolahan, 33, may be entering the latter years of his career but remains an integral player for club and country. The gifted schemer hasn't always been a key figure for the Irish though as he didn't make the first of his 19 Ireland appearances until 2008.

Thirteen-cap Brady – who joined the Canaries last summer from Hull – is also up for the young players' prize at the same event as well as well as the goal of the season accolade as a result of his stunning efforts on the international scene.

The 24-year-old has found the net twice in 28 appearances for Norwich and is up against Shane Long and Walters in the goalscoring category after registering a priceless away strike during the away play-off leg against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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