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Adkins: Keane Contract Option to Be Discussed at End of Season
Monday, 1st Apr 2019 13:00

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins says the Tigers will decide whether to take up their one-year option on striker Will Keane’s contract at the end of the season.

Keane has spent the second half of the season on loan with the Blues, scoring three goals, with owner Marcus Evans having spoken to the 26-year-old’s representatives about a permanent move to Portman Road.

“I saw Will before the game,” Adkins said when asked about Keane’s situation following his side's 2-0 victory over the Blues on Saturday.

“We played him at Leeds, our last away win [2-0, in December], he played the 90 minutes there and to be fair to Will he needed to go and play football.

“Fraizer Campbell had been our mainline striker, so Will hadn’t figured that much so it was important for him because we’d got Fraizer Campbell, Chrissy Martin, Nouha Dicko and Will Keane, they were the four strikers and we’ve only been playing with one central striker.

“So it was important for Will, he’s still under contract with us, there’s still an option in the club’s favour if they want to renew that, but it was important for him to go and play some football.

“So he’s come here and it was great to see him score a couple, I think it’s the first time he’s scored two goals in a season for a long, long time because he’d obviously been out injured with his knee.

“It’s just such a shame that he’s picked up his hamstring injury, but hopefully he’ll be back fit next week or somewhere close to that and will get some more games before the season finishes and then who knows what happens after that.”

Quizzed on whether any discussions had taken place regarding taking that option, he added: “No, we’ll just see what happens come the end of the season if that makes sense.”

Keane, who has made only eight league starts and 14 sub appearances, scoring once, for Hull since joining them from Manchester United in August 2016, is expected to be back in the Town squad for Saturday’s trip to Bolton.

The Mancunian, who recently switched international allegiance to the Republic of Ireland, his father’s country of birth, has made seven league starts for the Blues and one sub appearance - as well as one more game from the bench in the FA Cup - scoring those three goals.

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TractorCam added 13:01 - Apr 1
What if he wants to come here? Does he get that choice beforehand or can they exercise it and then we have to purchase him?

afcfee added 13:14 - Apr 1
He wouldn't get the choice if they want him they'll keep him, I hope they don't want him would be emmence quality in league 1.

Suffolkboy added 13:16 - Apr 1
How much will depend purely on Money ,and /or how much WK wants to play regularly ,AND how much sway enjoying ITFC and Co will influence his choice ?

Len_Brennan added 13:33 - Apr 1
They won't want to keep him; he has proven too costly over the years given his injuries & being out again now won't help overcome those concerns.
What they will probably do is offer him the contract extension if/when we look to sign him full time, so as to get some class of fee for him & get back at least part of their investment.
He is a decent footballer at Championship level who will get better & better the more games he will play ... unfortunately, there is every likelihood that his injury record will continue into next season & beyond. He has been on good contracts in the past, so even half of what his current wage is would be well beyond us in Division 1. If a fee is involved he would be a complete non-runner, even if he somehow was prepared to take a massive drop in his week wage.

Marshalls_Mullet added 13:35 - Apr 1
I would think exercising that option means committing to another year of paying £20k per week wages. They wont be doing that.

itsonlyme added 13:38 - Apr 1
Agree with Len, don't think we will be forking out much for players next season. The type of payers we need to challenge for promotion will cost and I am not convinced our owner is keen to spend too much.

OwainG1992 added 14:12 - Apr 1
If we are desperate to sign him and Hull dont want it to happen for free I could see them saying give us X amount of money and you have first call on him.

planetblue_2011 added 14:56 - Apr 1
If it means paying a fee just pay it he’s showed us what he can do. He will easily score us 15 goals in league 1. Sign him up it’s a no brainer for me.

ArnieM added 14:59 - Apr 1
Hull are after a fee for him aren’t they. Can’t blame them, but may well knock us out if any deal we might have had lined up .

ITFCsince73 added 16:20 - Apr 1
Don't pick him to start in remaining games. Then he'll be available on a free.

Bergholtblue added 16:29 - Apr 1
Hull have the option for another year on his contract if they don't take up that option, they cannot demand a fee. If they do take up that option, they take the risk of being saddled with a player, reportedly on a good wage (although I don't know how people know this or are they guessing) fourth in line of their striker pecking order.

Just wait to see if they do take up that option and if they don't, get him on a free!. By all means talk to him in confidence, but don't advertise the fact to all and sundry.

runningout added 16:56 - Apr 1
Keane not the answer to our dilemma

Bildestoned added 17:01 - Apr 1
Both Warky and esp. Mick Mills are of the opinion we won't need to spend next season. Someone here the other day was speculating on an M.E. spend of £12m!! Whilst I accept the landscape can change I think we already have a strong L1 squad.

blueboy1981 added 17:25 - Apr 1
Good player, much to offer - however, another sicknote unfortunately - Andy Carroll personified.

blueboy1981 added 17:25 - Apr 1
Good player, much to offer - however, another sicknote unfortunately - Andy Carroll personified.

evansblue added 18:31 - Apr 1
26 years old and played less than 100 games.

Sorry but with his injury record it’s just not the sort of signing we can be making.
We need two old fashioned goal scorers who put the ball in the net.

They are out there......somewhere

ChrisFelix added 18:47 - Apr 1
The club needs a proven 20 a season goal scorer. Keene has only been with us since January & already missed a month. Not the answer.
I'm hopeful that Morris will start scoring as soon as fit

jas0999 added 18:54 - Apr 1
Why would we sign a player with an horrendous injury record such as a Keanes? He will get injured. No doubt. Do we want another Huws? Why waste a wage? The lad has barely played in his entire career due to constant injuries.

Kirbmeister added 19:33 - Apr 1
There’s no way he’ll be playing for ITFC next season.

ITFCsince73 added 20:05 - Apr 1
Bilderstoned. You will find my mention of £12m, if you read the post correctly.....if town don’t raise some serious money this Summer with player sales, then Evans will have to at least double his usual annual cash injection.
There’s more chance of seeing pigs fly than Evans spending £3m on player recruitment this summer, never mind £12m.

ITFCsince73 added 20:09 - Apr 1
Unfortunately that’s where we are, and the serious damage that’s been caused.
Forget your PR spin.
Evans will need to inject £12m this summer to keep the club a float for 12 months of L1 football.
Money to bring in players of any quality....sorry there won’t be none.

RegencyBlue added 20:20 - Apr 1
When fit he’s a good player, as he started to show before the latest injury.

Problem is his injury record is appalling and we can’t carry anymore sick notes.

blueboy1981 added 23:13 - Apr 1
All this 'necessary' money needed is cobblers - just look at what the other end of the A140 has produced this season without spending a fortune....... check that out, and where the players have come from.

Some very good, promising, and capable players across Europe to be had if the scouting system is active enough - and Management good enough - proof again to be had down the A140.
Problem is, far too many haven't a clue that Europe exists, and will never appreciates it's value to us in more ways than just football.
Some believing that 'abroad' is anywhere outside of East Anglia. And you think I'm joking ?

Go on call me a Canary - I'm only speaking the truth.

BlueInBerks added 23:15 - Apr 1
Unsure about this one, as fitness obviously a concern. However it may pay to fork out decent money on WK and / others like him, if it means an immediate return to the championship. A second season in L1 might prove more costly, to say nothing of the potential loss of support / belief that can happen should we not progress at the speed that many hope

raycrawfordswig added 08:15 - Apr 2
Evans won’t invest .lambert will have to sell to raise funds

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