Joe Keenan (footballer)

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Joe Keenan
Personal information
Full name Joseph John Keenan
Date of birth (1982-10-14) 14 October 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Southampton, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left midfielder
Youth career
1999–2002 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Chelsea 2 (0)
2003–2005 VC Westerlo (loan) 40 (1)
2005 Brentford (loan) 3 (0)
2006–2007 Willem II Tilburg 17 (0)
2007–2008 Melbourne Victory 12 (0)
2008–2009 Hibernian 15 (0)
2010–2013 South Melbourne 32 (4)
2010–2011 Adelaide United (loan) 14 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 December 2012.

† Appearances (goals)

Joseph John Keenan (born 14 October 1982) is an English professional footballer, who plays for Victorian Premier League club South Melbourne, as a left midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Keenan started his career with Premier League club Chelsea.[1] He made his first-team debut for Chelsea in 2002 as a substitute for John Terry against Aston Villa; his second appearance came as a replacement for Gianfranco Zola in an FA Cup tie.[1] Keenan was given a four-year contract in 2002 and was seen as a "hot prospect" by Claudio Ranieri.[1] He suffered a broken leg soon afterwards, however, which kept him out of action for most of the 2002–03 season.[1] He made one further appearance in a league match, but fell out of favour after Jose Mourinho became manager and was loaned out.[1]

Keenan then signed for Melbourne Victory FC,[1] playing as a left wingback for the 2007–08 Australian champions.[2] He can also play anywhere across midfield. Keenan signed for Scottish Premier League side Hibernian in July 2008.[3] He scored his first goal for the club in a Scottish League Cup defeat against Morton,[4] but he struggled to hold down a first team place, making only 16 appearances. When John Hughes replaced Mixu Paatelainen as manager before the start of the 2009–10 season, Keenan was told that he was free to find a new club.[5] Keenan was released from his contract at the end of August.[6]

Keenan signed a contract with South Melbourne on 9 December 2009 to play in the upcoming VPL season.[1] He returned to the A-League on loan with Adelaide United for the 2010–11 season as an injury replacement player for injured Nigel Boogaard.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ormond, Aidan (9 December 2009). "Joe Keenan's Back in Town". FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Michael (8 April 2007). "Shuffle on the cards for Victory". The Age. 
  3. ^ "Hibernian sign Thicot and Keenan". BBC Sport. 29 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hibernian 3-4 Morton (aet)". BBC. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Hardie, David (1 August 2009). "Hibs: Campbell confirms Ostersunds FK switch". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Player Update[dead link], Hibernian F.C. official website.
  7. ^ "ex-Chelsea midfielder for Reds". AdelaideNow. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 

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