Kee­gan isn’t sure what fu­ture holds

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

PAUL Kee­gan knows he’ll be walk­ing down the aisle at the end of Septem­ber but he doesn’t know if he’ll be walk­ing out at the Carlisle Grounds - or any League of Ire­land pitch - in 2020.

Kee­gan turned 35 in July and has been an ever-present for the Seag­ulls this sea­son when fit; miss­ing a hand­ful of games through sus­pen­sion and a bro­ken nose.

But with mar­ried life on the hori­zon, the for­mer Leeds United and Don­caster Rovers isn’t sure if he’s go­ing to com­mit to foot­ball like he’s will­ing to com­mit to his fi­ancee.

‘I don’t know what’ll hap­pen to me yet. I’ll wait and see. I’ll see what hap­pens this sea­son first and speak to Gaz (Gary Cronin) then and see what hap­pens but I’m en­joy­ing it and af­ter last night – with the draw – I was dis­ap­pointed but I al­ways go out and en­joy play­ing foot­ball.

‘I feel happy. I’ve tried to look af­ter my­self (he clutches a yoga mat as we speak) be­cause ob­vi­ously the older you get; the more in­juries you’ll pick up but I’ve tried to look af­ter my­self and plays as much as I could and one game a week (in the First Divi­sion) is bet­ter than the Pre­mier Divi­sion (sched­ule). It’s eas­ier on the body but we’ve still got games to go this year and we’re hop­ing to make the play-offs.

‘I don’t know yet. Ob­vi­ously I’m fo­cus­ing on this sea­son and I think we’re still in with a shout of the play-offs. A lot of teams feel the pres­sure and other teams have noth­ing to lose so they can go and at­tack teams like Cobh did last night and scored three goals. We weren’t at it last night.’

The squad that Cronin as­sem­bled were largely con­sid­ered sec­ond favourites for the sec­ond tier but now look un­likely to make the play-offs. It has soured Kee­gan’s mood but he’s bouyed by see­ing the likes of An­drew Mo­ran - 20 years his ju­nior - mak­ing his de­but on Fri­day.

‘It’s been dis­ap­point­ing ob­vi­ously. (this sea­son) We would have thought we would have and ex­pected to do bet­ter in lots of ways but we do have a young team. Gaz has put to­gether a com­pletely new team and we’ve had some great per­for­mances and we’ve had some per­for­mances. It’s about get­ting that con

sis­tency right – who­ever is most con­sis­tent will win the league.

‘He’s a great lit­tle player! He did very well when he came on and it showed that he’s well able to step in. He’s looked re­ally good when he has trained with us and he is very sharp. The more chance we can give to the younger play­ers; the bet­ter. The ex­pe­ri­ence he can take from last night should do him the world of good and hope­fully he can take it all into next year.’

Paul Kee­gan of Bray Wan­der­ers.

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