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'I don’t think I’ve ever seen him have a bad training session never mind a bad game'

Robbie Brady believes club mate Stephen Quinn often doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

Quinn and Brady (right) training together.
Quinn and Brady (right) training together.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

STEPHEN QUINN IS one of Ireland’s most underrated players, according to Hull City team-mate Robbie Brady.

The midfielder had to wait until the age of 27 to make his senior international debut last year but has impressed new manager Martin O’Neill and was handed a first competitive start for Ireland in the 2-1 win over Georgia a month ago.

Ireland winger Brady, who knows Quinn well as they both ply their trade in the Premier League with Hull, was chuffed to see his good friend make the breakthrough and hopes fans can appreciate his contribution to the team.

“I don’t people have realised how good he is in recent years,,” Brady told TheScore. “He makes us tick anytime he plays. All the lads here can see how good he is in training. As well as being a good mate of mine over in England, he’s a top, top player and it is good that he is getting the recognition he deserves now.

“He’s a fantastic player and a lot of people who haven’t seen too much of him will enjoy seeing him play in the next few weeks.

I think he is an unsung hero in a lot of ways. In the year that we went up from the Championship, he had a lot to do with that. He got us playing.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him have a bad training session never mind a bad game. He’s probably my favourite player to play with as well as watching him play. I’m delighted that things are going so well for him at the minute.”

The Republic of Ireland take on Gibraltar on Saturday October 11 in Aviva Stadium. Fans are encouraged to #makethematch and show support for the boys in green. Tickets are available from €20 for adults and €10 for kids from www.fai.ie.

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