Blue Square Bet
Published 7th June 2012
......sign for npower League One side Preston North End.
Luton-born Keane was the Hatters' longest-serving player having clocked up 285 appearances at Kenilworth Road after rising through the youth development programme.
The 25-year-old, who has signed a two-year contract at Deepdale, made his debut for the Town as a 16-year-old in 2003 in an LDV Vans Trophy tie with Rushden & Diamonds before going onto make his senior bow in a goalless draw against Wycombe Wanderers in February 2004.
He was part of the Hatters squad that won the League 1 title in 2004/05 and played a vital role in the epic 3-2 victory over Scunthorpe United at Wembley that secured the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2009.
In his time at Kenilworth Road, Keane scored eight goals - three of which were crowned goal of the season by supporters. Who will ever forget his 96th-minute winner direct from a corner against Oxford in February 2010?
Having surpassed the 250th-game mark for the Town this season in the 2-0 win at AFC Telford in September, Keane made forty-two appearances this term - his final game for the club coming in the Play-Off final defeat to York City at Wembley.
Keane's contract expired at the end of this season but the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international has opted to call time on his career with the Hatters, rejecting a new deal offered by boss Paul Buckle.
Managing director Gary Sweet said: "Keith has been a fantastic servant to this football club, both on and off the pitch, ever since he set foot on Kenilworth Road as a fresh-faced 16-year-old.
"As a Board, we tried everything in our powers to attempt to ensure Keith remained a Luton Town player. Unfortunately, Keith has chosen a fresh challenge, and it is with tremendous sadness to see him depart after all he has achieved at this club.
"It is also with great pride that we see another of our home-grown talents fly the nest to test themselves at a higher level. Great credit must not only go to Keith for his determination and loyalty, but also to the work done by our scouts and coaches all those years ago that made Keith the man and player he is today.
"He will be a big loss to the team, and to the club, but the search starts now in what promises to be a busy and exciting summer of player procurement."