Norwich City’s Robbie Brady is crowned Republic of Ireland young player-of-the-year
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Norwich City midfielder Robbie Brady capped a memorable weekend when he was named the Republic of Ireland's young player-of-the year at a gala ceremony in Dublin on Sunday night.
Brady was short-listed, alongside international team mates Jeff Hendrick and Cyrus Christie, who both play for Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County, but the 24-year-old was named the winner after a key role in the Republic's successful qualification for the Euro 2016 finals.
Norwich's big-money signing from Hull City last summer was also nominated for the Republic's senior international player-of-the-year, along with club mate Wes Hoolahan, but Stoke City's Jon Walters claimed that honour.
Brady missed out to Southampton striker Shane Long in the running for the Republic's international goal-of-the-year, for his strike in the first leg of the play-offs against Bosnia. Long's blockbuster to stun World Champions Germany 1-0 in the qualifying stages took that award.
Brady was on target for the Canaries in Saturday's 1-0 Premier League success at West Brom, but later suffered blurred vision in a heavy fall that forced him to depart in the second-half at the Hawthorns.
The former Manchester United trainee still joined up with his Ireland colleagues, including Hoolahan, to attend Sunday's ceremony, along with Republic management team Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.
The Republic have two Dublin friendlies over the coming days against Switzerland and Slovakia to prepare for this summer's tournament in France, but Alex Neil made it clear after his side's priceless league win in the West Midlands Brady will not play any part for his country over the coming fortnight if he suffers a reaction to his injury exit.
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