Will Manchester United's Robbie Brady and Josh King return to Hull City?
ROBBIE Brady and Josh King will be allowed back out on-loan next season – but City boss Steve Bruce is yet to give his old club a call regarding their availability.
Both starred in the black and amber last season, Brady making 41 appearances and scoring three goals while King weighed in with one goal from 19 outings.
Both the youngsters are due back at Old Trafford next week, but with Bruce still mulling over his plans for next season, their re-appearance at the KC is in the balance.
Red Devils’ reserve team boss and former City manager Warren Joyce confirmed: “Robbie and Josh will definitely go out on loan again but at this time of year they have the chance to catch the manager’s eye. They will feel they have a chance to go on the first-team tour and that leaves for South Africa and the Far East on July 17.
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“They will get games and they will hope to show the manager how close they are to the first team.”
City’s plans for the pair are, therefore, on hold until the youngsters are informed they have no place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans for his Premier League campaign.
That may take at least another month, and Joyce added: “No decisions have been made on any of our players yet. The trouble is with the Euros and the Olympics and the youth Euros there are a lot of our players out on international duty and I’ll know more next week.
“Josh and Robbie will start back at the club next week but everyone will be at a different stage when they get back to the club in terms of their preparation. It’s a case of getting everyone together and letting them get the first few weeks under their belts.
“You can’t really talk about plans at this stage as they can easily get turned on their head.”
Joyce expects the blossoming relationship between the Tigers and United – which began under Phil Brown – to prosper into the future, especially given new boss Bruce’s historic links with Old Trafford.
Joyce added: “I’d certainly expect the link to remain with City and United.
“I’d have thought anything was possible regarding Robbie and Josh, and there are certainly other players ready for the Championship.
“I thought Robbie began the season well for City but didn’t do too well after Christmas.
“As regards Josh, City fans didn’t see the best of him, although I think he’ll be back to his best next season.
“I know what he’s like when he’s at it but he wasn’t running fit when he was at City and that was because of his experience at Borussia Monchengladbach and before that at Preston where he got injured.”
Another United pair being monitored at the KC are Ryan Tunnicliffe and Michael Keane, who also look set for greater things next season.
Joyce added: “There’s bound to be interest from the Championship as they both did well last year.
“The reserves won everything and Keane won player of the year. For sure he will go out on loan but Tunnicliffe may well be around the first team."