Keane was a £1m signing during the August 2016 transfer window, acquired to add depth to City’s sparse frontline after the preceding summer’s transfer inactivity. City boss Mike Phelan immediately thrust Keane into the first team but he failed to make a strong impression or score any goals. He suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the first half against Southampton in early November 2016, making his return a full 14 months later in a January 2018 away defeat at Sunderland. Progress on his return was limited, but he did contribute his first goal with a point blank finish during City’s April drubbing of Burton Albion. He was a bench sitter for much of 2018/19, occasionally starting when Fraizer Campbell was absent. In early January 2019 he joined Ipswich Town on loan for the rest of the season and Keane left City when his three year contract expired the following May..
Keane signed a one year deal at newly-relegated Ipswich Town in August 2019, but was released a year later. In October 2020 he returned to his north west roots, signing a short term deal at Wigan Athletic. At Wigan he found some of the best form of his career, hitting 12 goals in 34 appearances as the Latics eased away from the relegation zone after a poor start.
Keane’s previous career was spent at Manchester United where he made two senior appearances in five years, amongst several loans to Championship and League One clubs.
Keane played for England at every under-age level (under 16, 17, 19, 20, 21). However in October 2021 he was chosen for the Republic of Ireland senior squad, qualifying through his Irish-born father.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 January 1993, Stockport
Hull City First Game: 10 September 2016, Burnley A (Premier League), 23 years, 243 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 December 2018, Leeds United A (Championship), 25 years,352 days old
Manchester United (2011-2016), Wigan Athletic (2013, loan), Queens Park Rangers (2014, loan), Sheffield Wednesday (2015, loan), Preston North End (2015, loan), Hull City (2016-2019), Ipswich Town (2019, loan), Ipswich Town (2019-2020), Wigan Athletic (2020-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 26 apps, 1 goalsWill Keane
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