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Keane becomes latest addition as Westley continues Preston rebuild

Luton Town’s Keith Keane became Graham Westley’s 12th signing of the summer as the Preston North End boss continues his pre-season refurbishment of the League One promotion contenders.

Westley’s exploits spark major comparison to Charlton Athletic’s title winning success of last season, when manager Chris Powell made 18 new signings with the Addicks going on to clinch promotion back into the Championship.

North End Chairman Peter Ridsdale believes Keane is a player capable of playing at a higher level, stating the Lancashire-based club’s clear intentions for the new season.

Ridsdale said: “Graham [Westley] has been tracking him for a while and he's a player he has always believed can do a job, not just in League One, but hopefully when we are promoted.”

The versatile midfielder made 237 appearances in nine years for Luton, the last being the Blue Square bet Premier play-off final defeat to York City last month.

Keane will be joined at Deepdale by fellow new arrivals Lee Holmes, Jeffery Monakana and, Westley’s former team-mate at Stevenage, John Mousinho who were all signed at the end of last month.

Preston’s first season back in the third tier of English Football may have been a disappointing one, but there will certainly be many people tipping the Football Leagues second oldest club for promotion next year.

By Daniel Ludlam

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