ROY Keane admits teenage striker Ronan Murray may have just played his way into his first team plans after the Irishman came off the bench to help Ipswich Town progress at the Exeter in the Carling Cup first round last night.

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ROY Keane admits teenage striker Ronan Murray may have just played his way into his first team plans after the Irishman came off the bench to help Ipswich Town progress at the Exeter in the Carling Cup first round last night.

The 18-year-old’s looping header first pulled Town level in the 63rd minute and he was then heavily involved in twice setting David Norris to seal a 3-2 extra-time victory in an entertaining encounter.

And Keane – who yesterday celebrated his 39th birthday – was full of praise for his young striker’s contribution.

Commenting on his Republic of Ireland U19 international, he said: “Of all the strikers at our club, he is probably the most natural goalscorer we’ve got. It wasn’t even a chance (Murray’s goal) and that’s what good strikers do.

“He will always sniff out a chance and he now has an opportunity of being involved at the weekend (Championship home game against Burnley).”

Meanwhile, Keane played down any conspiracy theories following the surprise omission of Jon Walters from the squad last night.

With transfer speculation having gathered pace that the striker was on his way to Premier League Stoke City some assumed his departure was imminent.

However, Keane revealed that his key forward had pulled out of the squad – which was reduced to just 17 men – on the morning of the match due to a sudden virus.

“He reported to us unwell this morning so that’s why we were short on the bench.

“If he is any closer to leaving I don’t know anything about it.”

It is no secret that Keane is desperate to add to his injury-ravaged squad and the Irishman revealed that fresh faces could arrive at Portman Road by the end of the week.

He said: “We’re pretty close with one or two and there could be some loan deals by Thursday or Friday. We’ll know more about that tomorrow (Wednesday).”

3 comments

  • watched this lad in the semi finals of the FA Youth Cup a couple of years back and my son and I both said we preferred him to Connor Wickham! So glad he is starting to catch the eye of the manager!

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    lady blue

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

  • What a very funny whimsical quip "murrays mint" my goodness I cant stop laughing, these are such wonderful days under Mr Roy Super Keane, the greatest ever.

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

  • Well done ,early days but a great start . Building team spirit always a plus . Bye the way dont Ronan Murrays picture look a little like a young Roy Keane! David Bradley..Finland....

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    david bradley

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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