St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Keith Fahey reckons it’s “ludicrous” for people to talk about him returning to the Republic of Ireland scene.

The former Birmingham star, who won 16 caps under former boss Giovanni Trapattoni, signed for the Saints in December after being without a club since the end of the 2012/13 season.

“The fact of the matter is I’ve been out,” Fahey, who had hip surgery last summer, told RTÉ’s Soccer Republic.

“I haven’t played consistently for two years now. I think for me to come back...other people talk about it. You can’t control what other people say but I’m being real about things. I’m not going to come back and start talking about Ireland.

“I want to get back and enjoy my football. I think to mention me playing for Ireland at the moment, it’s ludicrous.”

Former Ireland defender Paul McGrath added that the 31-year-old Tallaght native’s return is a huge boost to the league.

McGrath said: “I’d be delighted for the Irish supporters, to see a player, and he is a class act, like him, week in, week out will be brilliant...because that man has some talent.”