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Town Keen on Keogh
Monday, 3rd Aug 2020 11:25

TWTD understands the Blues are among a number of clubs showing interest in free agent former Derby County skipper Richard Keogh.

The 33-year-old centre-half was sacked by the Rams last October for gross misconduct having suffered a season-ending knee injury when a passenger ex-Town loanee Tom Lawrence’s car in the drink-drive crash which led to two-year driving bans for both the Wales international and team-mate Mason Bennett.

Keogh’s appeal against his sacking was rejected by Derby but he has taken his case to the EFL with a hearing to be held by an independent panel.

The injury - anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament damage - was expected to keep the Republic of Ireland international out of action for around a year and it’s not clear when he will be ready to return.

Nevertheless, it’s believed a number of clubs, including the Blues, are showing interest in the one-time Bristol City and Stoke City man.

Whether a move to League One would appeal remains to be seen and it seems likely that some of the other interested parties could offer him Championship football.

If Keogh does join the Blues it would be a return to where the Harlow-born defender began his career.

Keogh was an academy schoolboy and ballboy at Portman Road in the early 2000s before being released at 16 when he joined Stoke.

Another centre-half is high on Town manager Paul Lambert’s summer wish list with free agents likely to be where the Blues look to make most of their recruits.

Elsewhere, former Town centre-half Matt Clarke, 23, has been named Derby’s Player of the Year having spent 2019/20 on loan at Pride Park from Brighton and Hove Albion.

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BildestonBlue added 11:30 - Aug 3

Swailsey added 11:32 - Aug 3
Seems like a good egg....

Wallingford_Boy added 11:43 - Aug 3
Buy a long term injured player? Ummmm no.

WeWereZombies added 11:44 - Aug 3
Surely the headline should have been 'Town keen on Keogh as key kingpin for keeping clean sheets'?

Bergholt_Blue added 12:04 - Aug 3
Not fit till November then he has to catch up with rest of the squad so not going to be in 1st team till January. Why bother

robmonkey007 added 12:06 - Aug 3
Not a great example, especially as club captain. However, we all make mistakes and should learn from them. The older Town fans will remember Robert Croft who the club stood by after a short prison spell shortly after signing for driving intoxicated. First player to play with electronic tag and we benefitted from him. I remember him being pain in the arse when we had to play against him. If injury free....could be quality addition.

algarvefan added 12:07 - Aug 3
No, no and no!

Linkboy13 added 12:15 - Aug 3
Too much of a injury risk and at 33 not worth a gamble. Nice to see Matt Clarke doing well another player let go who's gone on to better things strange that.

Jimmy86 added 12:30 - Aug 3
Wouldn't want that SH1T house anywhere near our club..... at 33 he's past it anyway...

rdibble added 12:51 - Aug 3
One for the future😂😂

BettyBlue added 12:52 - Aug 3
Great we are going to sign fist pumps grand-dad.

BlueandTruesince82 added 12:57 - Aug 3
Yes.... at this level all day long. Will organise the defence, talk a lot

Him and The Woolf as 1st choice

Yes,yes, yes,yes, yes.

runaround added 13:07 - Aug 3
Will cause absolute carnage on here but I can see pros and cons to getting him

runningout added 13:27 - Aug 3
Micheal Bostwick is a similar age, would be a good choice

Radlett_blue added 13:28 - Aug 3
It was Gary Croft & his problem wasn't drink-driving, it was driving while disqualified. He also lied about it to police & was convicted of perverting the course of justice. He served 1 month in prison & then was electronically tagged for 3 months.

goperryrevs added 13:28 - Aug 3
@robmonkey007, wasn't it Gary Croft, not Robert Croft?

ChrisFelix added 13:34 - Aug 3
Robert Croft was a welshman, a cricket spin bowler who played for Glamorgan & England.
Gary Croft was the defender signed by Burley who drove whilst disqualifed

BlueandTruesince82 added 13:34 - Aug 3
Robert Croft bowled off spin for Glamorgan and England. Gary Croft made his car spin after a few too many

ArnieM added 13:34 - Aug 3
I’d say he’d be a very good replace for Chambo at league one javelin . He’ll be quicker and is already a leader / captain.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 13:56 - Aug 3
Glass half empty for me - mostly because of the injury. If we did sign him, would he get back up to his former speed - ever?

Cloddyseedbed added 14:20 - Aug 3
33 year old player who recovering from an ACL injury. Not sensible.

Alan_Handsome added 14:24 - Aug 3
Jesus wept, what has happened to our club? Signing a has been that is clearly not a good influence on the youngsters in the squad. This sums up where we are as a club nowadays....gutter.

StavangerBlue added 14:30 - Aug 3
NEXT! Need young talent to build up not another Chambers on the way out.

BlueNomad added 15:02 - Aug 3
Alan_Handsome it is a rumour. There are dozens at this time of the year

Look after your blood pressure!

dirtydingusmagee added 15:22 - Aug 3
there are always plenty of ''linked players'' but when it comes to the nitty gritty ,its only the players with fitness problems that are really linked . No disrespect to the player, just fed up ,th the same old ways and lack of ambition with the club .We are never fishing in the right pool .Evans has taken us down and has not got what it takes to get us back ,We have season on season failed on the grass,failed in transfer market, failed with managers who take the job on in full knowledge that they wont get the backing needed,and just jog along in the comfort of knowing they are not expected to achieve anything'.just bullsh#t the fans into believing things are going to get better to keep the season ticket sales upand turnstiles clicking. Sadly that is the only thing that DOES succeed.

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