OFFICIAL: St Patrick's Athletic add Keith Andrews to youth coaching staff

The Inchicore club have appointed the former Republic of Ireland international midfielder to work within Ger O'Brien's underage set-up

St Patrick's Athletic have announced that former Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews has been recruited to work within the club's underage structure.

Andrews, who won 35 caps for his country in addition to a well-travelled club career that culminated at MK Dons in 2015, will work under the Saints' underage Director of Football Ger O'Brien while pursuing a Uefa Pro Licence.

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O'Brien, who presides over a youth structure that has produced league-winning U19 and U17 sides in 2015 and 2016 respectively, hailed the signing on the club's website, pointing to the former midfielder's vast experience.

"Keith has recently started his pro license and we are delighted we can help him over the duration of his course," said O'Brien.

"It's fantastic for the club and particularly our underage players and coaches to have someone of the calibre of Keith come in and work with our teams.

"Keith had a hugely successful career, playing at the highest level possible for both club and country and his experience and knowledge will be fantastic for us to see up close. He's working with some of the Republic of Ireland underage teams already and we look forward here at St Pat's to him starting with us in January when the players report back for pre-season."

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Andrews' worked as a first-team coach at MK Dons - under former manager Karl Robinson - after calling time on a long and successful playing career that saw the Dublin native become Wolverhampton Wanderers' youngest ever captain and play in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.

St Pat's, who have also imported players Patrick Cregg and Gavin Peers, from Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers respectively, over the course of the off-season thus far, will host Bray Wanderers on February 24 - the opening day of the impending 2017 League of Ireland season.