Robbie Brady's career has really stagnated over the last couple of years. Having been a regular in the Premier League for a number of years, he struggled massively with injuries towards the end of his time at Turf Moor.
Last season, the move to Bournemouth hardly improved his fortunes. The Dubliner would only appear six times in the Championship. He lost his international place as a result.
However, things now seem to be turning around. Since joining Preston recently, he has started all but one of the club's league fixtures. Now, he is back in the Ireland squad for the games against Scotland and Armenia.
Robbie Brady reflects on being left out of Ireland squad
Still only 30-years old, Robbie Brady has plenty to offer Ireland when he is fit and firing. He is the type of player that is not common in the squad, capable of filling multiple roles and positions.
It seems as though he will be considered at left wingback for this camp having been included in the 'defenders' section of the squad announcement.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Brady said he was delighted to be back playing consistent football and in international contention once again. He also admitted it was difficult to watch the team while not being involved in recent times.
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It was difficult. I had quite a few offers around the transfer window, but I wasn't ready to go in somewhere and start...
It's not nice when you're not ready to go in somewhere, but things worked out well. I'm back playing and I'm back involved which I'm delighted about...
It's hard, being just a fan and wanting the lads to do well. I think they've been excellent in the games since.
It's a difficult one, watching on. Not being involved and knowing you're not going to be involved is hard.
I've put myself into a good place and managed to get back involved.
I've got a lot of football under my belt and I'm delighted to be here. I'll be ready to go if needed.
Brady is likely to play some part over the next couple of games, making his first competitive appearance for Ireland since March of 2021 in the process.
It would be great to see him back performing to a peak level in a green jersey once again.