l10273b0_c1_c1499382_12426_662THE departure of Richard Keogh is a big blow but you can’t begrudge a player of his quality having the ambition to play at a higher level.

To put it simply; it would be an insult to him if he were to play in the third tier of English football.

His performances for the Sky Blues have been nothing short of exceptional and he has rightly earned his place as a club legend among supporters.

His statement to the fans shows why he is such a class act. Something we didn’t see from captain Sammy Clingan, who simply decided to jump ship.

I’ve been lucky enough to speak with Keogh on several occasions and last year he spoke of his desire to represent the Republic of Ireland senior team.

He captained an under-21 side which included the likes of Aidan McGeady, Glenn Whelan and Stephen Ward, all of whom started all three games for the Irish during Euro 2012.

I very much doubt Trapattoni pays much attention to players in League One these days, so this is another reason why it made sense for Keogh to move on and I will be proud to see another former Coventry player pull on the green jersey should he get the chance.

Keogh will get the same sort of reception as fellow defenders and former favourites Mo Konjic and Richard Shaw did when he returns to the club in the future, and I’m sure every Sky Blues fan will join me in wishing him all the very best in the future.


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