Keegan hungry to make an impact at Oriel

Jordan Keegan and Stephen Kenny
New Dundalk signing Jordan Keegan is hoping to put a frustrating spell at St Patrick’s Athletic behind him and get his career back on track following his move to Oriel Park.

New Dundalk signing Jordan Keegan is hoping to put a frustrating spell at St Patrick’s Athletic behind him and get his career back on track following his move to Oriel Park.

Keegan was one of three signings announced by the club last Tuesday - Fran McCaffrey and Ciaran O’Connor also penning deals at the club - and the former Monaghan United winger feels he is coming to a club very much on an upward trajectory.

“I’ve been very impressed with Dundalk. We’re in the top four and I don’t think we should have any doubts that we can challenge.

“If you don’t think you can win the league then you shouldn’t be in it. I just want to try and get into the team now”, said Keegan.

After a spell at Southampton as a teenager, Keegan moved to Inchicore in 2011 where he made just six top flight appearances, all as a substitute.

A move to Monaghan United came midway through the campaign and he helped Roddy Collins’ side achieve promotion at the end of that season.

Keegan’s performances for Monaghan United in the Premier Division last season earned him a move to Scunthorpe United when the Gortakeegan club went out of business but he failed to make an impression and returned to Inchicore at the start of 2013.

However the 21-year-old made just two appearances for Pat’s this season and after a frustrating 12 months, he said he was chomping at the bit to get going.

“Pat’s have been winning games and doing well”, he reflected. “They’re top of the league so you can’t really complain if you’re not playing. But at my age I need to be playing week in, week out.

“The only way I’m going to improve is by playing games”, he said. “I think I’ll get the chance at Dundalk to prove myself and get my career back on track. It’s a great opportunity for me here. I just want to show the fans what I can do.”

Dundalk fans will already be familiar with Keegan’s talent. The winger scored twice for Monaghan United in their 2-1 win at Oriel Park last season and he is hoping that he can recapture that sort of form.

“They were two alright goals”, he smiled. “Hopefully I can do that for Dundalk now, instead of scoring against them.”

The 20-year-old McCaffrey’s contract expired at Hull City and Kenny moved quickly to acquire his signature after watching him in Dundalk’s 2-2 friendly draw with Glentoran last Sunday.

“Fran glides across the ground”, said Kenny.

“He is very elegant and carries the ball beautifully. He can play wide but we see him as a 10. I love technical players like that. I’ll try and get as many of them into the team as possible.”

Youngster O’Connor, who hit 16 goals for the club’s Youth team last season has signed a one-year professional contract.