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Ireland International McPhail’s early career at Leeds United showcased his talent, earning him the nickname “the new Liam Brady” from George Graham. Despite a promising start, his progress was hindered by managerial changes and injuries, leading to loans at Millwall and Nottingham Forest and involvement in Leeds’ memorable 2000–01 UEFA Champions League run. His journey continued at Barnsley and then Cardiff City, where he became a key figure, overcoming personal challenges, including a battle with lymphoma, to contribute significantly to Cardiff’s 2012–13 Football League Championship promotion.

McPhail capped his playing career with a stint at Shamrock Rovers, joining in 2014 and retiring in 2016 to become Sporting Director.