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Keith Andrews

Published: Thursday 10 November 2011, 17.58CET
West Bromwich Albion FC
Published: Thursday 10 November 2011, 17.58CET

Keith Andrews

West Bromwich Albion FC

A key midfielder for the Republic of Ireland during Giovanni Trapattoni's time in office, Keith Andrews maintained his form on the international stage despite falling out of favour at Premier League club Blackburn Rovers FC. He enjoyed an excellent autumn 2011 on loan in the Championship with Ipswich Town FC prior to joining West Bromwich Albion FC in January and scoring on his debut.

• A trainee with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, he progressed through the youth ranks to the first team, starting brightly but eventually losing his place and spending time on loan at Oxford United FC, Stoke City FC and Walsall FC.

• Made just one Premier League appearance for Wolves in 2003/04 before their immediate relegation; rediscovered his form in the Championship but left to join Hull City AFC and, a year later, Milton Keynes Dons FC.

• Enjoyed a fabulous 2007/08 season with MK Dons, winning the League Two title and scoring 12 goals in 41 matches; followed manager Paul Ince to Premier League Blackburn Rovers FC in August 2008 and made his debut for Ireland three months later, scoring after 17 minutes on the field in a Dublin friendly against Poland.

• Duly established himself for club and country, competing regularly in the Premier League and 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying before injury laid him low for much of 2010/11 campaign.

• Returned to fitness and form with Ipswich prior to leaving Blackburn for good and signing an initial six-month deal in January 2012 with West Brom, for whom he scored on each of his first two appearances − against former club Wolves and Sunderland AFC.

• Started each of Ireland's last six UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, scoring in the first leg of the play-off in Estonia.

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