ROBBIE KEANE, named as Ireland's player of the year for 2013, hopes that this year can see the Irish senior side make a big improvement on their form last year.
Keane's record in 2013 saw him pick up the senior player of the year award at the FAI International awards last night, beating off competition from David Forde and Séamus Coleman.
The year of course saw Ireland fail to even reach the play-off stage of the World Cup qualifiers and the Irish captain is looking for an upturn in fortunes.
"I know 2013 was a bit disappointing but I feel that with the group that we have we certainly have a great chance and I certainly look forward to being a part of that," said Keane.
"It's always a great honour and privilege to receive awards, especially an award like this. I've been playing for a long time for my country and to receive a big award like this, I'm absolutely delighted."
Everton star James McCarthy was named young player of the year at senior level while Shane Long's effort in Wembley saw him pick up the goal of the year award.
Watford prospect Sean Murray was named player of the year at U21 level and the winger hopes he can progress to the senior squad.
"I would love to push on now if I could, but we have a big game with the U21s against Montenegro on Wednesday," says Murray, who has been mentioned as a recruit for the senior international side.
3 FAI INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
Senior player: Robbie Keane
Young player: James McCarthy
U21 player: Sean Murray
Goal of the year: Shane Long (v Eng)
Loi player: Killian Brennan
U19 player: Pierce Sweeney
U17 player: Jack Byrne
U16 player: Robert Duggan
Schools player: Alan Browne
intermediate player: Malachy McDermott
junior player: Paul Greene
football for all: Noel O'Donnell
senior women's player: Louise Quinn
u19 women: Claire Shine
u17 women: Savannah McCarthy
special merit: Ciara Grant
hall of fame: Ronnie Whelan