New Saints' midfielder Jordan Keegan is buzzing at the prospect of making his first appearance for the Saints this Monday against Glentoran in the Setanta Sports Cup as he returns to Inchicore for a second spell at the club.
Keegan, who celebrated his 21st birthday last Tuesday, played for the club in the 2011 season under the then management team of Pete Mahon.
However due to a lack of game time, Keegan moved to Monaghan United where he was soon rewarded as his fine form played a key role in Roddy Collins' side earning promotion to the Premier Division after defeating Galway United in the end of season promotion/relegation play-off.
Keegan's time at Monaghan ended on a sour note as the club withdrew from the 2012 Premier Division midway through the season leaving the Dubliner without a club.
Keegan joined Scunthorpe United last summer and made 4 appearances for the Irons, but decided to return home after a change in management at the club.
On his return to the Saints and Richmond Park, Keegan expressed his happiness at the move and that his future is now settled.
“I'm delighted to be back at the club and hoping to get more of a chance than the last time I was here and just do as well as I can for the manager this season,” the midfielder told stpatsfc.com.
“I had a bit of an upside down time in the last 6 months to a year so I just want to get back to concentrating on my football and playing week in week out. I'm not thinking about anything else other than doing well for the team.”
With Irish League side Glentoran coming to Inchicore this Monday, Keegan's first opportunity to impress this season is only days away.
Having played in the Setanta Sports Cup for the Saints in 2011 against Cliftonville, Keegan is fully aware of the standard and difficulty that Glentoran will pose and he admitted that it was a game he is relishing.
“It's good that the game is coming so soon because when you're training and playing friendlies, they're not as good as playing a proper game so it's good to start off like this before the start of the league season.
The Glentoran games will be of a really good quality as they're obviously in-season and have an advantage of being match fit and in-season compared to us.”
“However I still think we've the quality to go through to the next round.
Getting through would be great as we'd be up against even more great teams and it would give us great confidence as well before our season kicks off in March.”
Kick-off on Monday night is at 7.30pm.