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Keating extends his stay at Clifton Lane: Michael Keating_001

Keating extends his stay at Clifton Lane

Rotherham Titans are delighted to announce winger Michael Keating has penned a deal to keep him at Clifton Lane until the summer of 2015.

The former Leinster and Ireland Under 20’s star has had a terrific first season with the South Yorkshire side and he currently leads the scoring charts as the clubs top try scorer with ten touch downs.

Dublin-born Keating, 24, has achieved more game time this season for the Titans than any other player and he’s thrilled to have agreed terms for another 12 months; Keating revealed, “I’m delighted to have signed on for another year; I always wanted to stay because we have a real good group of lads and an unbelievable team spirit here. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings and the environment and I’m really pleased that I’ll be here for next season.

“Lee’s been brilliant as head coach, he’s a tough taskmaster, but I don’t think any of the boys would have changed anything about this year; I think he’s made the transition from player into coach brilliantly well.

“The only issue for me was trying to get my studies sorted, because I’ve still got a year to do on my degree. Initially I felt I would have to return home to complete the course, but through the RPA and Mandy Thompson we’ve worked a way how I can complete the course over here through Distance Learning. As soon as I’d got that sorted I was keen to sign on at Rotherham for another year.

“I think the calibre of our re-signings and on top of that some of the new signings that the club has achieved, made my decision to re-sign a very easy one. The fans here have been fantastic to me, they are a special group and they create an unbelievable atmosphere on match days. The interaction between players and supporters is great and you don’t get that too often at a lot of clubs.”

Equally thrilled with the signing is Lee Blackett, who revealed, “I’m delighted that Michael has agreed to stay on; Keats has played the most minutes of everyone within the squad this year and I think that shows how much we trust him. He’s our top try scorer in the Championship, he’s one of our leaders on the field, he’s a good organiser and he’s a terrific work rate. We know Keats is one of our game changers and he makes breaks when you wouldn’t expect it.

“I think it shows the strength of the environment that these boys want to stay at the club and I know Keats is really found of the place. He has a lot of time for the fans and he has some real close friends here within a great group and he was keen to stay on.

“I think Keats has the X-Factor about him and he’s capable of making breaks that very few others can in this division. He can create opportunities out of nothing and we’ve seen that this year with the number of tries he’s created in addition to the ones he’s scored. He’s a great asset for the club and we look forward to having him involved with us again next year.”