keegan bids to stay on

Cartilage operation: Paul Keegan is out for the rest of the season.       Picture: Sarah Washbourn
Cartilage operation: Paul Keegan is out for the rest of the season. Picture: Sarah Washbourn
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DONCASTER Rovers midfielder Paul Keegan is hoping that he did enough to impress manager Sean O’Driscoll prior to being ruled out for the season.

Keegan, who had a cartilage operation last week, joined the club on a short-term contract in January and is keen to win himself a longer-term deal in the summer.

“It’s frustrating,” said the former Bohemians’ star. “I’m not here that long and I want to play as many games as possible.

“So it’s disappointing to be missing so many games.”

“I think I picked up the injury in the Derby game. I didn’t think it was too bad at the time and I played in the game at Leeds four days later and it gradually got worse.

“I didn’t know at the time that I’d damaged my cartilage; I just thought it was a knock.”

“As I say, it’s disappointing to be missing out because I was enjoying playing with the lads.

“It’s a big change from Bohemians, but it is always a big change joining any new team.

“There is a difference between the League of Ireland League and the Championship. There are better players over here and if you make mistakes, or give the ball away, you get punished a lot quicker and a lot easier.

“The fact that games came thick and fast obviously helped me adjust quicker.

“I thought that I did alright when I came into the team and hopefully the club will offer me something for next year.

“Obviously I would have liked to have played more and proved myself even more, but I will have to wait and see what happens.

“I’d certainly like to stay on. It’s a great club. It’s a great training ground, great stadium, good fans and it is a place that I want to be.

“I think that my game has come on whilst I’ve been at Doncaster by both training with better players and playing against better players.

“I definitely think that you learn something from every player and from the manager and the coaching staff. You learn something every day.

“There are some great players here on the ball and they do amazing stuff with it and even in training you have to be up to that standard to be able to compete with them so that helped push me.

“The players that are here are all quality players and it is only the bad timing of injuries, which coincided with a glut of games, which saw us lose as many games as we did.”

Record signing Billy Sharp, who has been carrying the injury for much of the season, had a hernia operation yesterday.

Depending on how his groin responds to rest and treatment, Sharp may need further surgery to resolve the problem.