NorthEast rope in Irish striker Andrew Declan Keogh

NorthEast United FC have completed the signing of Irish forward Andrew Declan Keogh to bolster their forward line heading into the final third of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20. The Highlanders announced the move on their social media handles on Wednesday.

The Dublin-born striker started his career in his home city, playing for the likes of Cabinteely FC and Joeys FC in South Dublin before moving to England to join Leeds United in 2003. Keogh went on to ply his trade in England for the next 11 years, turning up for teams like Scunthorpe United, Bury, Milwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and others.

His most productive time in England was his stint with Wolves, for whom he played 129 matches, raking up 23 goals and 24 assists. Fourteen of these were in the Premier League over two seasons, wherein he also scored once against Wigan Athletic in the 2009-10 season.

In 2014, Keogh left England for Australia after signing for A-League side Perth Glory, where he enjoyed a fantastic debut season scoring 17 in 32 appearances. After a brief stint with Thai Premier League side Ratchaburi, he returned to Perth and spent three more seasons with them. The 2018-19 A-League season saw Keogh help Perth Glory finish top of the table but the Irishman eventually lost out on the title after losing the final against Sydney FC. He was in Saudi Arabian side Al Qadisiyah's books before securing the move to NorthEast.

On the international stage, Keogh has made 31 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, scoring twice.

NorthEast, so far, have scored just nine times in 10 matches this season and head coach Robert Jarni will hope Keogh can be a solution to the problem.

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