'I want to do everything I can for the cause' - Ipswich complete Keane loan signing
PUBLISHED: 12:31 04 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:00 04 January 2019
Ipswich Town have completed the loan signing of Will Keane from Hull City, on a deal until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old former Manchester United trainee has fallen down the pecking order at the KCOM Stadium, following two-and-a-half injury-hit seasons with the Tigers following his move from Old Trafford.
He is out of contract at the end of the season and looks set to be allowed to move on.
The striker will wear the No.14 shirt and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s visit to Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to come here and hopefully play some games and contribute to the team,” Keane told the club website.
“I spoke to the manager a couple of days ago and it was an easy decision for me.
“Despite the position in the league, I know it’s a great club. I know about the manager. I have played at the stadium. I’ve seen the training ground. The foundations are in place for Ipswich to be a top Championship club at least.
“I want to do everything I can for the cause here and score a few goals and help push the team up the league.
“I have seen it happen recently at Hull. You put a few results together and you can catapult up the league. It’s doable.
“They were down at the bottom not so long ago but got a couple of wins and before you know it, that was four or five wins and the confidence starts to come and you build momentum.
“I have spoken to some of the lads here and they have said the performances have been good but the luck has gone against us. Hopefully that will change as well.”
Boss Paul Lambert added: “I know the qualities Will will give us and I’m delighted we have been able to get him here.”
Keane, the twin brother of Everton defender Michael, arrives at Portman Road at a time when manager Paul Lambert is looking for several additions to his squad.
Bringing in strikers has been a top priority for the Blues boss since his arrival at the end of October, with Keane the first to come through the door.
He has made just eight Championship appearances for the Tigers this season, without scoring, while his only Hull goal came in the Tigers 5-0 win at Burton in April.
Prior to his move to Hull, Keane spent loan spells at Wigan, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston and has scored just six senior goals in 78 career appearances.
Lambert made his first signing as Ipswich manager on Wednesday, bringing in left-back Callum Elder on loan from Leicester City.