Hull City

Keane Relishing Return To Deepdale

01 February 2018
Will Keane is hoping for a happy return to Deepdale when the Tigers travel to Preston North End at the weekend.

The 25-year-old spent the first half of the 2015/16 campaign on loan at the Lilywhites, scoring two goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.

The fit-again striker has nothing but good memories of his time with the Lancashire outfit, but admit his only focus ahead of Saturday’s game is helping the Tigers return to winning ways.

“Since Tuesday night, our only focus has been on Saturday’s game,” he said.

“Preston are a good team and have enjoyed a decent season so far. They’ve picked up some really good results and are in and amongst the play-off places so we know it’s going to be a tough test.

“I spent some time there on loan a couple of years ago, so I know a few of the lads that are still there.

“It’s a really good Club and I enjoyed my time there. I was there for the first half of the 2015/16 season. It was a good experience for me and great to get some games under my belt, but I’m hoping Saturday will prove to be an enjoyable return to Deepdale.

“They’ve got some real quality in their ranks, but nothing for us to be afraid of. If we play well, there’s no reason why we can’t go there and get the three points.”

Keane has made three substitute appearances since his return from a cruciate knee ligament injury, and was quick to admit his delight at being back in first-team action.

“Getting back to playing has been great,” he added.

“The manager has been fantastic with me and involved me in the last few games. I’ve just tried to come on and make an impact when called upon.

“I’ve had three decent stints coming off the bench and I’m just looking to add to the minutes and get as much game time as I possibly can.

“Obviously I want to contribute to the team and help us pick up some positive results – it would be great to get back amongst the goals as well.

“I’ve just got to make sure I continue to get in the right areas and I know the chances will come. I feel positive and I’ve just got to keep going now.

“We have plenty of competition for places in the squad here. We can play a number of different systems with the options we have and I’m sure the gaffer will utilise all the options available to him going forward.”