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Keogh happy to help younger players develop

9 October 2020

Richard Keogh says that he is enjoying being a leader in the MK Dons dressing room and passing on his advice to those around him.

The 34-year-old defender has seen it all, from European Championship games against France to multiple Play-Off Final appearances.

Keogh notes that leadership is a role he enjoys and guiding younger players with words of advice is a position he enjoys.

“As an experienced player, you want to pass your experience onto the younger players because you want them to get the best out of themselves,” Keogh told the media ahead of Saturday’s clash with Portsmouth. “I've seen what it takes to get to a good level, and know what they need to do to improve their game and to be the best they can be.

“If it means talking to me or setting the right standard in how I train or in the gym, it's those little things they can pick up. I've been captain at Derby, so naturally, that quality in me is there, as it is in the manager who was captain at Norwich for a long time.

“Certain players enjoy that more than others, but I will always be vocal when I play and help the group as much as possible.”

Russell Martin has earned a lot of praise in his young career as a Manager, none more so than from his Summer recruit Keogh.

“The Gaffer has been great with me. I was really impressed with his and the club's vision, and how I'd fit into their style of play. I had to thank him after the Ipswich game for helping me get out on the pitch. He's a fantastic manager and a fantastic guy.

“We are similar in character and how our careers went really too. We both started lower down and worked our way up to the levels we got to, and that was through hard work and sacrifice.

“He's now trying to show the rest of the squad that, and it was a big reason in me coming here. If we can help the fantastic young players here get to the level we expect them to, we'll have a great season.”

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