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Ireland Legend Robbie Keane Training With Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers Announce Friendly Against LA Galaxy, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 22/12/2014 Robbie Keane and Stephen McPhail, who has resigned with the club, today announced a friendly between their two clubs on February 21st 2015 Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Robbie Keane has trained with Shamrock Rovers this week as he continues his preparations for a potential move to a new club, according to the Irish Independent. 

Keane retired from international football following last summer’s European Championships but has indicated a willingness to prolong his playing career. Ireland’s record goalscorer will hope to add to the long list of clubs he has represented, with Tottenham, Liverpool, Leeds, Celtic and Inter Milan amongst them.

The former Ireland captain will keep up his fitness levels at his hometown club as he continues his search for the next chapter in his career. Former Ireland teammates Stephen McPhail and Damien Duff will be interested onlookers at Rovers, although it is unlikely that he will make a move to the Hoops.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Louth 24/2/2017 Dundalk vs Shamrock Rovers Rovers' coach Damien Duff with Manager Stephen Bradley  Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Damien Duff with Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley.
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.


Keane has been without a club since leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season following over five years with the American side. Although he was expected to remain in the United States, he has since been linked with a move to the A-League and even the UAE having been spotted training with Al-Ahli in Dubai. The 36-year-old was also widely expected to sign for Preston North End before the end of the January transfer window.

Even though Keane would still be available to join a club outside any transfer window as he is a free agent, a move has yet to materialise.

However, considering that Keane has made a conscious effort to keep sharp in both Dubai and now Dublin, it seems a move could be edging closer.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.