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Thursday 14 December 2017

Loan switch lifts Keogh

ANDY KEOGH believes that his move away from Wolves has furthered his chances of making an impression on Giovanni Trapattoni, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.

The Dubliner admits that he was sick of life in the background at Molineux, with a loan switch to Cardiff providing him with regular football, even if it required dropping down a division.

After being a perennial member of Trapattoni squads without playing very much, Keogh was brought off the bench in the opening Euro 2012 qualifiers with Armenia and Andorra, experiences he particularly enjoyed as they were in his favoured striking role rather than on the wing.

Keogh has no complaints about Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle's established place in the pecking order, but hopes that his improved club situation will push him to the forefront of the back-up queue.

"I needed to be playing more at club level," stressed Keogh when asked if he felt that Trapattoni could have given him more opportunities in the past.

"To be fair, I wasn't doing much at Wolves. Others were playing week in, week out and doing their business on the pitch.

"I was rusting away (at Wolves), not doing anything. So I needed to get out, and I got on loan and have gotten some game time and I'm happy at the moment."

Given his new position behind Doyle and Keane in the striking hierarchy, and the absence of wide options Damien Duff and Stephen Hunt, Keogh is one member of the Irish bench who can reasonably expect to be involved at some stage in the upcoming crunch qualifiers with Russia and Slovakia.

"It's good to be versatile," he said. "I've come on up front in the last two games and obviously that's my preferred position.

"But it's always better for the manager to have players who can cover different positions. It can make his life easier when injuries do come."

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