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END OF TERM REPORTS

Posted on 8 June 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...

Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...

ROBBIE KEANE
I actually think his story this season is a great one for all players who go through disappointments.

You had a top class player like Robbie who in the first part of the season didn't play that many games, but always looked to work and train hard and took it on the chin - which is not always easy for a player of Robbie's stature.

He then went on to have periods where he was playing the best football of his career. On top of that he was given the captaincy when Ledley was out, along with the captaincy of the Republic of Ireland team.

It's been a real growing and maturing season for Robbie. For all of us that know him we suspect he has matured greatly as a player, although he might say he is no different than before. We have seen a development in his game and it has come at a good time for him.

You tend to think he is older than he is, but there is more to come from Robbie and we have found him to be a very adaptable striker who can play in two or three positions over a game. He does it with the same enthusiasm he shows when he is playing down the middle.

We're really pleased for Robbie and, again, he has been a great example for those players who have found themselves out of the team.