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Bournemouth land ‘coup’ with free-transfer signing of Republic of Ireland international

Robbie Brady in action for the Republic of Ireland

Robbie Brady in action for the Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady has finally got himself a new club with Bournemouth signing him on a short-term deal.

The versatile 29-year-old was a free agent after leaving Burnley at the end of last season.

He has joined Scott Parker’s side on a deal until the end of the season with an option to extend.

Brady told the club website: “I’m excited by the opportunity and hopefully I can help the club keep going in the direction they’re going.

“From watching the manager and seeing the style of football he plays I think it will suit me. Hopefully I can help the club going forward. It was a good opportunity and I think it’s going to be a good fit.”

Brady’s arrival bolsters Bournemouth’s midfield options following the news that David Brooks has been diagnosed with cancer.

Wales international Brooks, 24, revealed last week that he had been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Brady said: “Obviously it comes as a shock to everyone. I haven’t had the chance to meet David yet but I’m a big fan of his and think he’s a fantastic footballer.

“The news comes as a shock. But I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he gets back to full health and gets back to playing his good football soon.”

Brady came through the youth ranks at Manchester United. He went on to play for Hull, Norwich and Burnley – for whom he was a club-record £13m signing in January 2017.

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Bournemouth coup

He has made 160 Premier League appearances and also won 57 caps for Ireland. Brady is understood to have had other options, but opted for the Championship leaders.


Bournemouth’s chief executive Neill Blake added: “To be able to sign a player of Robbie’s experience and calibre on a free transfer is a coup for the football club.

“Robbie has huge quality and versatility to add another important option to Scott Parker and his coaching staff.

“Proven at the top level. Robbie knows what it takes to be a Premier League player. And we’re delighted he has chosen to join us at Vitality Stadium.”

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