Richard Keogh joins championship club Blackpool FC for one year

Richard Keogh is back in the league after signing a one-year contract with Blackpool FC.

The 34-year-old center-half joins the Seasiders as a free agent following the end of his midseason stint with Huddersfield this summer.

The Ireland international made 21 appearances in the second half of last season after spending the start of the season with MK Dons in League One.

Keogh’s permanent return to second tier English football comes less than two years after his sacking from Derby County after sustaining a serious knee injury in a car crash which led to his team-mates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett being recognized guilty of drunk driving.

By signing an initial one-year contract, there is also an option for an additional 12-month extension that could extend his time with Neil Critchley’s men.

“Once I spoke to the manager and the owner it was clear that this was obviously the right place for me,” Keogh said on the Blackpool FC website.

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“We shared a lot of similar values ​​about how the game should be played. And it was really refreshing how they were as people.

“Now I’m excited to get to know the guys, give the best of myself and hopefully bring out the best in them as well. “

Blackpool boss Critchley added: “I am delighted that Richard is joining us. He will bring valuable experience to the group, having played the vast majority of his career in the Championship. He is a good communicator, leader and footballer who can pass his knowledge on to the rest of the group.

“What impressed me when we spoke was that he always wants to learn, improve and improve, and that matches the players we already have here at the Club.

“He has a fantastic record of regular players and we look forward to working with him and welcoming him to the dressing room.”

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