Richard Keogh joined Derby County in the summer of 2012 from Coventry City and has established himself as a key player.
His leadership skills and ability to organise from the back are one of his key strengths, as well as his solid and dependable performances.
A central defender who will put his body on the line for the team, Keogh’s excellent form throughout the 2012/13 season saw him collect all three of Derby’s Player of the Season Awards, as well as being named as one of the division’s top five defenders in the Championship’s Actim Index.
Keogh’s form, which saw him chip in with five goals as he played every minute of every game, also saw him gain full international honours in February 2013 as he came off the bench for the Republic of Ireland in their 2-0 success against Poland in Dublin.
The 2013/14 campaign produced another consistent campaign from Keogh, who struck up a solid defensive partnership with Jake Buxton and made 47 appearances in all competitions.
He signed a new contract during the 2014/15 season to recommit his future to the club and he went on to miss only one game across the entire campaign.
Despite losing the captaincy at the beginning of the 2015/16 season, Keogh continued to impress as he linked up impressively with Jason Shackell at the heart of the Rams’ backline. He featured in all of the club’s league fixtures and went on to win a clean sweep of the club’s Player of the Year awards in May 2016.
Keogh went on to be named in the Republic of Ireland’s final UEFA Euro 2016 squad and featured in the Green Army’s historic 1-0 win over Italy, before being in the starting line-up for their meeting with host nation France in the Last-16 of the competition.
A former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Keogh began his career at Stoke City, although he failed to make a first-team appearance for the Potters and he joined Bristol City at the start of the 2005/06 season on a free transfer.
As well as recording 40 league appearances at Ashton Gate he also gained first-team experience on loan at Wycombe, Huddersfield, Carlisle and Cheltenham prior to sealing a permanent switch to Carlisle in 2008.
Keogh won the 2009/10 Player of the Year Award and his fine form saw him join Coventry in the summer of 2010. He went on to play every minute of every game during the 2010-11 campaign and was voted as their Player of the Year.
Despite Coventry's relegation from the Championship in 2011/12, Keogh's performances did not go unnoticed as he walked away with the Player of the Year and Players' Player of The Year awards - racking up 91 consecutive appearances in the process.