City have signed David Meyler and Robbie Brady on permanent deals today after hugely successful loan spells with the club.
The two Republic of Ireland internationals completed the formalities with City this afternoon for undisclosed fees, and each have signed three and a half year deals with the club.
Meyler, 23, has had a big impact since joining on loan from Sunderland, and is a player Steve Bruce knows well from the Stadium Of Light. He made his debut as a sub at Cardiff City and quickly became a regular in City’s expansive midfield, weighing in with three important goals in the wins against Watford, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United.
The procurement of Brady, a week before his 21st birthday, is especially impressive, given that he was rated at Manchester United and had made his first team debut there in the League Cup back in August. He rejoined City for a second loan spell in November as a much more team-minded and generally far better footballer than the gifted but self-serving player that took steps both forward and back under Nigel Pearson and Nick Barmby last season. His renaissance as a wingback has been nothing but a success.
That’s two very welcome bits of business from Bruce in January and now having these two players as full-time professionals can only galvanise the Tigers as they continue to go for the Championship title in 2013.