Mick McCarthy on Andy Keogh's move

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy today backed Andy Keogh to be a hit at his former club Leeds.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy today backed Andy Keogh to be a hit at his former club Leeds.

Joining trialist and former Birmingham striker Mikael Forssell, the 25-year-old returned to Elland Road yesterday, on loan until January 2.

Keogh, who is into the final year of his contract, is anxious to get his career going again, after a stop-start year that has seen him loaned out to Cardiff and Bristol City.

McCarthy – a boyhood Leeds fan – believes a familiar environment will bring out the best in the Ireland international, who left Elland Road for Scunthorpe for £50,000 in February 2005 after playing just one Carling Cup game for the club.

The Wolves boss said: "Andy has done terrifically well for me and he’s had a good pre-season and I think he’ll do well for them.

“He’s a good Championship player. I’m delighted for him because he’s gone to a great club. He started his career there, so it’s gone full circle for him.

"But I hope he gets to play because he deserves to play somewhere.”

Keogh admits he has no future at Molineux.

He said: “My future probably lies away from Wolves so we will see what happens. I need to play games.

“There’s players ahead of me at Wolves who have cost £6million or £7million but I’ hae been treated very fairly there, so I couldn’t ask for more.”

A £600,000 buy from Scunthorpe in January 2007, Keogh scored 23 goals in 129 games for Wolves, helping them win the Championship in 2008-09.

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