Paul Keegan (footballer, born 1984)
|Full name||Paul Anthony Keegan|
|Date of birth||5 July 1984|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||2||(0)|
|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) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for League of Ireland First Division side Bray Wanderers. Keegan plays as a midfielder. He is a former Republic of Ireland U23 international.
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
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. 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. He was also named PFAI Chairman in November 2010 replacing Stephen Rice in the position. 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.
After impressing on trial at Doncaster, Keegan signed for the club on 17 January 2011. In May 2012, Keegan was released by the club after the expiry of his contract. However, in an about turn by the club, on 17 July 2012, Keegan signed a new one-year deal with the South Yorkshire club.
Following a successful season, and playing in pre-season friendlies, he signed another one-year deal on 25 July 2013. 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.
In July 2017 Keegan signed for the League of Ireland First Division league leaders Waterford. 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. 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. 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. It was confirmed one week before the 2018 season that Keegan was appointed the new captain of Waterford.
- "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/08/2011 and 31/08/2011" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- Bohs win EA Sports League Cup Archived 29 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Rico names captain for Airtricity XI Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Keegan appointed PFAI Chairman Archived 16 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- Keegan on trial
- Keegan signs for Doncaster Archived 20 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- "Dozen depart from Rovers". Sky Sports. 18 May 2012.
- Sky Sports http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11719/7905965/Keegan-pens-new-Rovers-deal. Missing or empty
- "Keegan Signs For More". Doncaster Rovers Official Site. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- "November 2013". doncasterrovers.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- Paul Keegan at Soccerbase