Robbie Keane backs cousin to complete historic family goalscoring double
Robbie Keane has encouraged his cousin Jason Byrne to play on and complete a family double by claiming Brendan Bradley’s all-time League of Ireland goalscoring record.
The Bohemians veteran  is 19 goals away from Bradley’s career haul of 235 goals but accepts that it means playing on for at least another two seasons.
He has been encouraged by Ireland’s record international goalscorer who thinks it would be a source of real pride if his cousin duly claimed the domestic honour.
“How great would it be with me having the international record and my cousin having the League of Ireland record? It would be a great achievement for the family,” said Keane ahead of today’s Tallaght Stadium friendly between his LA Galaxy side and Shamrock Rovers.
“I’ve been on his case to keep going,” continued the 34-year-old, who played five-a-side football with Byrne over the Christmas period to stay fit ahead of their respective campaigns.
“I told him to carry on as much as he can. I think the record holder, Brendan Bradley, he played in the First Division for a number of years. Even if he doesn’t do it this year, maybe Jason can drop down a league and have a chance to beat it. Even if he doesn’t, Jason has had an unbelievable career but if he got it, it would be great.
“He didn’t ask for advice. I just told him. Why shouldn’t he? He’s still banging the goals in, it’s not like he’s struggling. Both of us in the off-season, we were playing five-a-side and keeping ourselves fit. He looks after himself. Hopefully he can continue playing for a few more years yet.”