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Keith Fahey returns to St Patrick's Athletic

Declan Whooley

Published 23/12/2013|15:01

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24 May 2012; Republic of Ireland's Keith Fahey during a press conference ahead of their International Friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday. Republic of Ireland Press Conference, Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Irish international Keith Fahey

Republic of Ireland international midfielder Keith Fahey has returned to St Patrick’s Athletic ahead of the new League of Ireland season.

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The 30 year-old joins the Inchicore outfit for the third time since  Birmingham City released the Irish international at the end of last season. He will add to the 191 appearances he amassed under previous managers Eamonn Collins and John McDonnell and has said he can’t wait to get back onto the pitch.

“I’m delighted with the prospect of coming home and to be back at the club,” Fahey told the St. Patrick’s Athletic website. “I really enjoyed my time here before so I’m now just looking forward to get back playing football.

“I was offered various deals from other clubs and ones which were financially a lot better, but I’ve come back here because of the great loyalty I’ve always received. Both the fans and the club have always been great to me, and the stability of the club behind the scenes really made me want to come back and play my football in Inchicore again.”

Fahey was let go by Birmingham City after making more than 100 appearances for the club over four years, during which he played in two Premier League campaigns before relegation in 2011. Most recently he was on trial at Sheffield United but that failed to lead to a permanent deal.

He was a youth player at Arsenal and Aston Villa before returning to Ireland for spells with Bluebell United, Pat’s and Drogheda United and won 16 international caps under Giovanni Trapattoni and scored three international goals, most crucially in Yerevan to beat Armenia 1-0 in the opening Euro 2012 qualifier in September 2010.

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