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Saturday 18 August 2018

Keegan keen to kick on from Bohs at Doncaster

PAUL KEEGAN has admitted his relief in escaping the financial chaos of Bohemians with his move to English side Doncaster Rovers.

But the club's former vice-captain has not forgotten his former team-mates and believes that players like those in the current Bohs squad, who have now gone without their wages for seven weeks, need more protection from football authorities.

Keegan, 26, became the eighth player to officially leave Bohs since the end of last season as Championship club Doncaster -- managed by former Ireland international Sean O'Driscoll -- have confirmed their signing of the player until the end of the season.

The former Leeds United man is not eligible for tonight's FA Cup replay away to Wolves, though Keegan did travel to Wolverhampton with his new team-mates last night, but he does hope to make his debut in Saturday's league clash with Ipswich Town.

Two Bohs players have sought a winding-up order against the club over unpaid wages while the remaining contracted players are due to continue their pre-season training programme again tonight even though the majority haven't been paid in weeks.

"I suppose on a personal level I am happy to be away from it all as it's not a nice situation, but I feel for the lads who are still at the club," Keegan told the Herald.



Ridiculous

"I enjoyed the vast majority of my time at Bohs, we played some great football, I won three trophies in two seasons there, but the last few months have not been good with all that's gone on.

"To me, the situation is ridiculous, the players haven't had any wages in weeks and there's nothing they can do about it, they have no power because of the way club licencing is done. Players have no power during the close season if they're not paid and it's something that has to be looked at.

"The players have gone for seven weeks, through the Christmas period, with no wages and that's no way to live.

"I understand the club's financial situation and I know the state the economy is in, but is there any other job where employees would be asked to go for without wages for seven weeks and do nothing about it? It's crazy."

"The (Doncaster) deal is only for five months, I can get a chance to show them what I can do and hopefully get a longer deal. I'm confident I can do well at Championship level."

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