Paul Keegan (footballer, born 1984)

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Paul Keegan
Personal information
Full name Paul Anthony Keegan[1]
Date of birth (1984-07-05) 5 July 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Waterford
Number 6
Youth career
Home Farm
Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Leeds United 0 (0)
2003–2004 Scunthorpe United (loan) 2 (0)
2005–2008 Drogheda United 93 (6)
2009–2010 Bohemians 66 (6)
2011–2017 Doncaster Rovers 116 (2)
2017– Waterford 18 (2)
National team
2000 Republic of Ireland U16 2 (0)
2003 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland U23 3 (0)
2010 League of Ireland XI 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:41, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Paul Anthony Keegan (born 5 July 1984 in Dublin) is an Irish professional footballer who is currently the captain of League of Ireland side Waterford. Keegan plays as a midfielder. He is a former Republic of Ireland U23 international.

Career[edit]

Drogheda United[edit]

Keegan signed for Drogheda United in July 2005 having previously played for Home Farm and Leeds United. At Drogheda he earned two senior medals, the first arriving when the Louth side won the FAI Cup in 2005, and two years later when they claimed the league championship, the first in the club's history.

He has captained the Republic of Ireland at youth and U21 level making his debut in Stade de la Maladière in 2003. He also played at Under 23 level. In October 2000, Keegan played for the Republic of Ireland national football team U16s in a qualifying tournament in Riga for the 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship where he came up against Andrés Iniesta

Bohemians[edit]

After leaving Drogheda, Keegan signed for Bohemians in January 2009 and slotted seamlessly into his favourite position of central midfield. His status at the club rapidly grew to such an extent that he captained the side when Owen Heary was absent. He claimed his first silverware for Bohs in the 2008/2009 season when they won the League of Ireland Cup, beating Waterford United 3–1 at the RSC.[2] The success didn't end there though as Bohs subsequently won the first back-to-back titles in their 119-year history.

During the 2010 season, Keegan was named captain for a League of Ireland XI that would play Manchester United in a friendly match at the newly opened Aviva Stadium.[3] He was also named PFAI Chairman in November 2010 replacing Stephen Rice in the position.[4] At the end of the 2010 season, with his future at Bohs in doubt due to financial difficulties at the club, he spent time on trial at Reading and Doncaster Rovers.[5]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

After impressing on trial at Doncaster, Keegan signed for the club on 17 January 2011.[6] In May 2012, Keegan was released by the club after the expiry of his contract.[7] However, in an about turn by the club, on 17 July 2012, Keegan signed a new one-year deal with the South Yorkshire club.[8]

Following a successful season, and playing in pre-season friendlies, he signed another one-year deal on 25 July 2013.[9] Keegan had a solid beginning to the season with 13 consecutive starts in League games after missing the first match, and then he picked up a hamstring injury preventing him training until January.[10]

Waterford[edit]

In July 2017 Keegan signed for the League of Ireland First Division league leaders Waterford.[11] Just one day after signing Keegan scored his first goal for the club and it proved to be a crucial one as Waterford beat Longford Town 1-0 which kept them in the driving seat for the title.[12] After Waterford beat Wexford 3-0 and Cobh Ramblers were defeated 3-0 by Cabinteely Waterford were officially crowned league champions and promoted back to the League of Ireland Premier Division.[13] Keegan finished the season with 10 appearances and 1 goal to his name as Waterford won promotion.

Just after Waterford had won the league Keegan confirmed he would stay on at Waterford for the 2018 season as they returned to the League of Ireland Premier Division for the first time in ten years.[14] It was confirmed one week before the 2018 season that Keegan was appointed the new captain of Waterford.

Honours[edit]

Drogheda United

Bohemians

Doncaster Rovers

Waterford

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