City Make First Signing

Last updated : 02 June 2004 By Andy Beill
Left-footed midfielder Michael Keane has joined City for a "nominal" £50,000 fee from Preston.

The 5'5" Dubliner came through the youth system at Deepdale to make 65 appearances in all, scoring three times. He also had a loan spell at Grimsby a year ago, scoring twice in 7 starts.

There was no guarantee that the 21-year-old would be involved in the Lilywhites' first team next season, which meant he "never had any doubts" about dropping down a division to join the Tigers.

As well as adding to the competition in central midfield, he will also provide much-needed cover for Andy Dawson and Stuart Elliott.

Keane has been capped at Under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland, so he has already had the chance to play alongside two of his City team-mates Damien Delaney and Ben Burgess.

Statistics from the FootyMad player database:

Michael Keane (Preston) Information
Date of birth29 December 1982Height5.6
Place of birthDublinWeight10.3
NicknameSquad No.19

Recent Career History By Club (1999 onwards)
TeamDebutApps (+ sub)GoalsYellowsReds
Preston12/08/200324 (9)170
Grimsby05/04/20037 (0)230
Preston02/05/200122 (9)220
Recent Career History By Season (1999 onwards)
SeasonFirst App.Apps (+ sub)GoalsYellowsReds
2003/200412/08/200324 (9)170
2002/200324/08/20029 (3)230
2001/200221/08/200120 (4)220
2000/200102/05/20010 (2)000
Appearances 53 (+ 18 as sub); Goals 5; Yellow cards 12; Red cards 0