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The 16 time Republic of Ireland has rejoined the Airtricity Premier Division champions for a third spell at the club

St Patrick's Athletic have announced the signing of midfielder Keith Fahey ahead of the 2014 League of Ireland season.

The 30-year-old has been without a club since leaving Birmingham City at the end of last season, but has returned to the Inchicore club for a third spell. "I’m delighted with the prospect of coming home and to be back at the club," Fahey told the club's official website. "I really enjoyed my time here before so I’m now just looking forward to get back playing football."

Fahey was recently training with Sheffield United, but was not signed by the Championship side after picking up a foot injury which ruled him out for two months. However, the 16-time Republic of Ireland international is delighted to have agreed a deal with the Airtricity Premier Division champions. "I was offered various deals from other clubs and ones which were financially a lot better, but I’ve come back here because of the great loyalty I’ve always received," Fahey said.

"Both the fans and the club have always been great to me, and the stability of the club behind the scenes really made me want to come back and play my football in Inchicore again."

A former Arsenal and Aston Villa trainee, Fahey returned to Ireland in 2003 to join St Pat's, helping them to lift the FAI Cup in his first season at the club. He also spent two seasons at Drogheda United before returning to Richmond Park, where impressive performances saw him earn a move to Birmingham City.

Fahey scored against Reading on the final day of the 2008-09 season to help the Blues earn promotion to the Premier League, and played 121 league games for Birmingham before leaving St Andrews in the summer of 2013. 

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