Pompey keeper Kiely returns to West Brom

January 30, 2007

West Brom have signed veteran goalkeeper Dean Kiely from Portsmouth on an 18-month contract.

The former Republic Of Ireland international, who was once on schoolboy terms at The Hawthorns, has spent the last two months on loan at Luton and is eligible to make his debut in Wednesday's home Coca-Cola Championship clash with Plymouth.

Manager Tony Mowbray has been keen to sign a new keeper - particularly with Russell Hoult currently suspended by the club following newspaper reports about his private life.

Mowbray said: 'We're delighted to have Dean on board. He's enjoyed an illustrious career at the top level and brings genuine competition for places.

'His professionalism will only enhance the goalkeeping department.'

Kiely, 36, joined the Baggies as a schoolboy in the early 1980s and spent two years with the club, progressing to the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall in the process.

He was capped 13 times by England Schoolboys before moving on to Coventry in 1987.

Kiely had a spells at York and Bury before being snapped up by Charlton in 1999 for a then club-record fee for a goalkeeper of £1million.

He became a firm fans' favourite during his seven-year stay at The Valley and helped Alan Curbishley's side cement their place in the top flight.

Addicks supporters voted him their player of the year in 2004 before he moved on to Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee 12 months ago and played a key role in helping them avoid relegation from the Barclays Premiership

Kiely was part of Mick McCarthy's squad for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea but retired from international football the following year after winning eight caps.