Interview: Keith Keane on his return to face Luton Town

Keith Keane

Keith Keane - Credit: Archant

Keith Keane hopes to play a part in securing Stevenage’s League Two status for next season but in doing so he may also deal a blow to his hometown club Luton Town’s play-off hopes.

Keane is a former Hatters player, having been brought up through the ranks before making more than 230 first-team appearances for the club, but will face his former side this weekend.

He was part of the Luton team that won the League One title in 2004-05 and he also won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy four years later, the same year the club was relegated to the Conference.

Stevenage had bids rejected for the midfielder before he left the Hatters for Preston North End in 2012.

He then had a loan spell at Boro while at Preston, and had another one earlier this season following his summer move to Cambridge United.

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He is now back at the Lamex for one more month, and after helping Boro to a draw at Oxford United on Friday he is now looking to help Stevenage to all three points this weekend.

Yet with Luton Town currently eight points off seventh, he could also play a part in denying them a place in the play-offs this season.

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Winning against former sides, though, is just part and parcel of being a footballer says the 29-year-old.

“I haven’t actually been back there to play a league game yet, so it’ll be interesting to go back and see everyone,” Keane told the Comet.

“I was there since I was nine and I think I was 24 when I left. I won a few things and had a lot of good memories. I was there for the good times but also the bad times as well.

“It’s my hometown club but I’m going there as a Stevenage player and looking to win.

“Being at Cambridge the last few weeks there’s six or seven teams still fighting to get into the play-offs and we know they’ll be at it. We’ll both be at it for different reasons.”

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