18:25 30th August 2016
Will Keane says he feels the time is right to start the next chapter of his career after joining the Tigers from Manchester United.
After a number of loan moves away from Old Trafford, Keane has now made a permanent departure after signing a three-year deal at the KCOM Stadium and the striker is looking forward to showing what he is capable of in East Yorkshire.
“I’m 23 now, so I wanted to come here on a permanent transfer and get settled,” said Keane.
“I’m at that age where I want to be playing as many games as possible. I’ve been at Manchester United for a long time, so it is the end of an era but I couldn’t really see a path through to the first team there.
“I’m relishing coming to Hull. Mike Phelan was a big factor in the move. I spoke to him a couple of times before making the decision, and obviously he was at United as assistant manager when I made my first team debut there.
“He was really good with me there and I’m looking forward to working with him again here.
“I want to push myself to play at the highest level and right now that is the Premier League.”
Keane played against the Tigers twice during a loan spell with Preston North End last season and has been impressed with the way they have taken to life back in the top division.
“It’s been a really good start and it has maybe taken a few people by surprise, but having played against Hull last season I know the quality there is within the squad so it hasn’t really been a surprise to me,” added Keane.
“Hopefully we can continue that after the international break and I can play my part in that. My main aim as a striker is to get into the box and score goals, and hopefully if the chances come my way here I can take them.
“People will judge me on the goals I score, so that is what I want to do.”
Keane will hope to make his Tigers debut a week on Saturday when they travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor, where he is set to come up against a familiar face – his twin brother Michael!
“I played against him last season and came out on top, although it’s all-square overall in terms of the outcome when we play each other,” explained Keane.
“With him being a centre half, hopefully I’ll be directly up against him. His job will be to kick lumps out of me, whereas it’s a bit more tricky from my point of view!
“But the only important thing is that we go there and play well to pick up a result.”