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Town Confirm Keane Loan Signing
Friday, 4th Jan 2019 12:10

Town have confirmed the signing of Hull City striker Will Keane on loan for the rest of the season.

"I know the qualities Will will give us and I'm delighted we have been able to get him here," manager Paul Lambert told the club website.

Keane says the move gives him a chance to play regularly having been on the fringes with the Tigers.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to come here and hopefully play some games and contribute to the team,” he told iFollow Ipswich.

“I spoke to the manager a couple of days ago and it was an easy decision for me.

“Despite the position in the league, I know it’s a great club. I know about the manager. I have played at the stadium. I’ve seen the training ground. The foundations are in place for Ipswich to be a top Championship club at least.

“I want to do everything I can for the cause here and score a few goals and help push the team up the league.

“I have seen it happen recently at Hull. You put a few results together and you can catapult up the league. It’s doable.

“They were down at the bottom not so long ago but got a couple of wins and before you know it, that was four or five wins and the confidence starts to come and you build momentum.

“I have spoken to some of the lads here and they have said the performances have been good but the luck has gone against us. Hopefully that will change as well.”

Keane, who will wear the number 14 shirt, was signed by the midday deadline which permits him to be involved in the FA Cup tie at Accrington Stanley tomorrow.

Stockport-born Keane, who is out of contract at the end of the season, came through the ranks at Manchester United where he made two sub appearances in the Premier League and spent spells out on loan at Wigan, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston.

In August 2016, Hull paid the Red Devils a reported £1.02 million for 6ft 2in tall Keane, who has been capped by England at U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 levels.

A serious knee ligament injury - the second of his career, he previously missed the whole of the 2012/13 campaign - saw him sidelined for more than a year of football with the Tigers and he has made only 11 starts and 15 sub appearances, scoring once, since making his move to East Yorkshire.

Overall, Keane, whose twin brother is England international centre-half Michael, has netted only six senior goals in 45 starts and 33 games from the bench.

This season he has made one Championship start - the 2-0 win at Leeds last Saturday - and seven sub appearances, in addition to two games in the EFL Cup, without finding the net.

Manager Paul Lambert has said he wants two strikers in the transfer window as he looks to turn Town’s season around in the second half of the campaign.

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bedsitfc added 12:12 - Jan 4
Great but,
Please tell me he hasn’t got a pony tail!!!

Lightningboy added 12:15 - Jan 4 go out and become a Town legend.

ITFCsince73 added 12:18 - Jan 4
When you look at how many games played last 4 yr.
It’s a struggle to come up with any good reasons for this signing.
We have had and have to many sick notes at this club already.
Hope the next one is a ready to go now striker. Not a see how you go.

BaddowBlue1 added 12:19 - Jan 4
Yay we have a Target Man!! Welcome Will, please remain injury free for the remainder of the season. Good Luck Lad!

Tractorboy1985 added 12:23 - Jan 4
we’ve only gone and signed Andy Carroll!!!

IpswichFuture added 12:27 - Jan 4
Hope he does better than the last Keane.

On a separate note, what's happened to Ian Milne? Has he left the club??

inghamspur added 12:28 - Jan 4
Still not sure if I'm that keane

Northstander_Blue added 12:38 - Jan 4
It's called a man bun bedsitfc

OldClactonBlue added 12:39 - Jan 4
IpswichFuture, he was at the AGM. Another awesome performance!

dangerous30 added 12:39 - Jan 4
Welcome to town Will Keane 😀

werderbremenblue added 12:41 - Jan 4
25 years old, 6 goals in 76 games hardly inspiring

oioihardy added 12:41 - Jan 4
No offence to the guy. But we need to be signing players that are more of a goal threat than him. Apparently he’s only scored 5 goals since 2015. That says it all about this club.

Fatboy added 12:48 - Jan 4
Presumably signed for his hold-up play and aerial threat rather than goal-scoring record.

runningout added 12:48 - Jan 4
we’re clutching a bit

Hugoagogo added 12:48 - Jan 4
Honestly, what planet are some of you on??? Do you seriously think that any decent quality, 'ready to go' strikers are a) readily available, b) willing to come to a bottom of the league club, and c) on affordable wages?

This is not Football Manager, for crying out loud!

Welcome to ITFC, Will. I hope you have the chance to kick-start your career and dig us out of a big hole for the rest of the season.

Mark added 12:54 - Jan 4
I have mixed thoughts. Target man, great, and has some experience and pedigree. His goalscoring record is a worry. The biggest issue is whether we can really enjoy him, as if he does well here then Hull can extend his contract and sell to a Championship club, putting us back to square one. Lambert spoke about the problem of relying on loans, and I agree with him. But so far, both January signings are loans.

TractorClarke added 12:56 - Jan 4
whilst his goal tally is no shining light i honestly think will still be a good outlet for what we already have, jackson and sears i think are already goal threats played in the right system with the right personel, having some one who can hold up and play through might be the breakthrough needed.

MooseJuice added 12:57 - Jan 4
Welcome to the club Will, get used to some people critising you who have no idea who you are, and writing you off before you've kicked a ball!

For those questioning his ability due to his goal scoring record, Daryl Murphy scored 14 goals in nearly 120 games in this country before joining us. He didn't turn out too bad. Hopefully you can bring a much needed physical presence, first touch, movement and hold up play to this side to build from.

ITFCsince73 added 13:03 - Jan 4
Hugoagogo. Our wealthy owner needs more than ever to push the boat out.
Either that or it’s L1 we come. Simple.
Ultimately he has the funds, if he so wishes, to make a real go of this.
Looking like he’s choosing not to.


planetblue_2011 added 13:06 - Jan 4
Welcome aboard Will Keane, please score us some goals⚽️
Pilkington next pls & Rb,cb in next👍🏻

baxter7 added 13:08 - Jan 4
Well said moosegoose a lot of fans on here speak before they think welcome Will best of luck to you

OxtonBlue added 13:13 - Jan 4
Welcome Will, he could be a useful addition especially if we now go on to sign a "number 9" partner for him complemented
by the occasional goals and hardwork of Sears/ Jackson/ Harrison.
Let's start with a performance and overdue FA cup win tomorrow. COYB, keep the faith, in PL we trust!

GFH added 13:17 - Jan 4
Can we give him a chance before we start slagging him off!

ElephantintheRoom added 13:20 - Jan 4
In the words of Paul Lambert (yesterday?) "....sheer madness" If only he meant it.

BlueandTruesince82 added 13:23 - Jan 4
Who knows, hes here to help ans god know we need it so welcome aboard.... hope he doesnt end up back at hull on thr treatment table.... how many of Micks loans got slated without kicking a ball? Lets see, we need nouse, Harrison needs somwone to feed off, Freddie the same.... lets see.

To think Boro paid what £6? £8 mil for Fletcher, a player we wanted... whats he done? If i was a Hull fan I'd be saying other than youth what are we getring... but who knows.

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