Robbie Brady has parted ways with Burnley

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Robbie Brady has parted ways with Burnley: The Ireland international has officially left Burnley football club and is now a free agent this summer as he searches for a new club.

According to the Burnley football club website, Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady has officially left. Brady has had a torrid few years after being in and out of the squad with injuries.

Matters were not made any better by the midfielder’s injury picked up on international duty in March with Ireland. The injury against Qatar in a friendly ended Brady’s running streak playing with Burnley as the remainder of his season became doubtful. Where he ends up next season is like playing online bingo you could get any outcome.

The 29 old doesn’t appear to have been offered a new contract by manager Dyche and will leave in summer. Brady’s best years in claret and blue came in the 2017/18 season as Burnley pushed for a Europa League spot.

However, a knee injury then followed, keeping him out for over 11 months after a great start to his Burnley career. The Dubliner signed in 2017 from Norwich in what was the clubs then record signing.

Brady managed a total of 4 goals in over 87 appearances for the Premier League side. As he now moves onto greener pastures to kick start his career, he will truly miss the club.

I’ve loved every minute and I’m really going to miss the lads.

They have been a massive part of my career and I’ve made friends who I will hold onto for a long, long time. In that respect, everything has been great.

I feel in a good place physically and mentally and I’m ready for a new challenge ahead now”.

Brady’s goal in Lille stands alone in that regard. The management era of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane petered out in the aftermath of Euro 2016, and the previous Euros campaign in Poland and Ukraine was an unmitigated disaster.

Charlton’s Irish side became iconic because of how stubbornly they stayed at the top for so long. Charlton took Ireland to three out of four consecutive tournaments, and reached the knockout stages at successive World Cups.

Perhaps that is where we find the long-term legacy of Robbie Brady’s goal against Italy. It was, in all honesty, a moment of time. A glimmer of hope for a new generation of Ireland fans that we could, just maybe, compete on the biggest stage against the biggest teams again.

The five years that followed have brought us crashing down to Earth, but the euphoria of the goal and the celebrations afterwards – for the “Zoomer” generation, at least – matched anything seen during the Charlton era.

And, by God, did Robbie Brady bring us all to our feet in Lille on that June night in 2016.

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