NEWS: Chester and Brady departures confirmed

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They’ve been in the offing for a few days, and today the sad confirmation has arrived that City have lost the services of both James Chester and Robbie Brady.

Sizeable fees have been obtained – some £7m from Norwich for Brady and £8m for Chester from West Brom, taking the Tigers’ summer sales over the £20m mark. However, the loss of Brady’s maturing talent and James Chester’s peerless composure in the defence is immense.

Chester joined City in 2011 from Manchester United for what now seems a preposterously modest £300,000 following a successful loan spell at Carlisle. Despite a much discussed lack of height, his superb reading of the game, unflappable nature and under-rated skill made him a fixture for Nigel Pearson, Nick Barmby and eventually Steve Bruce. Meanwhile, his Welsh mother enabled him to represent them at international level, and to date he’s turned out six times for his adopted country. He’ll always be remembered as an FA Cup Final goalscorer, as one of the finest players in the history of Hull City AFC and an all-round superb pro.

Another Man Utd youth product, Brady also made his City debut in 2011 on loan from Old Trafford. He was to have two loan spells at The Circle, during which he didn’t always convince. Remarkable as it may seem now, he was often seen as a lesser Cameron Stewart – abundently gifted but prone to poor decision making with a suspect workrate and a propensity towards greed. Nonetheless, City signed him permanently in 2013 and a refreshed attitude led to him finally harnessing those unquestioned abilities coupled with much greater maturity. International honours followed for the Republic of Ireland, with 13 caps and 3 goals to his name.

Both players represented the club well during their time here, and it’s hard to begrudge them the opportunity to remain in the Premier League following City’s relegation. We’ll miss them both, but it’s impossible not to wish them well.

14 replies
  1. Ambertigerfan
    Ambertigerfan says:

    Chester said he was happy to stay at City. Why didn’t we offer him a contract extension as per Brady? Losing the Rolls Royce shows a lack of intent for next season.

    We’re selling the best and can’t shift the flops: Hernandez being the prime example.

  2. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    There’s no way Chester was staying. £8M is a fair price, as is £7M for Brady. Good summary of both and yes both were maturing nicely.
    Just a little surprised that neither went to “bigger” clubs and for a little more money.
    Good luck to both.

  3. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Rottenborough – your link is dated January 2014.
    Whatever has gone before, once again we are building a squad (hopefully) capable of winning promotion again.
    Much work to do to replace want away players and meet the Fair Play rules.
    We WILL line up with a lot younger team next week. There will be several debutees I guess. So we than fans need to unite and get 100% behind the team. Hull Tigers was thrown out so no need for further protests against the Chairman.
    #UTT

  4. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Rottenborough – he’s right many of the FA’s blazers are amatuers. The FA is hardly an organisation to look up to is it? Cosying up to a corrupt FIFA in the 2018 bid. Wembley built late and massively over budget. Failure to produce a decent England team. Whether we like it or not it’s the Premier League that has the power in English football.
    Time for us all to unite and focus on the team because they’re going to need it!
    #UTT

  5. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Is this another landslide majority. 724 votes (100,000’s Tigers fans Worldwide)
    Meaningless.

    Whatever though, I just want to watch next season without any sideshows.
    #UTT

  6. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Rottenborough you have now gone back in time to 2013?
    You’re now almost on a par with L#$ds fans chanting about their so called and fantasy European domination, forgotten by everyone except them.
    The name issue has been put to bed.
    Its done and everyone should move on and get behind the team.
    #UTT

  7. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Rottenborough – agreed, our Chairman needs to move on (although I hope not literally).
    Big question: Who will start up front and who will be in goal on Saturday?
    Jelavic & N’Doye?
    McGregor?

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