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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


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