Under the radar Tottenham wonderkid earns unexpected bonus ahead of summer decision

Young Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Josh Keeley has enjoyed a big reward for his huge strides this season after training with the Republic of Ireland senior squad.

While youngsters like Jamie Donley and Mikey Moore have been making the headlines at Spurs in recent months after making their first team debuts under Ange Postecoglou, 21-year-old Keeley has been making big strides in his own development. After playing his part in Spurs Under-21s' unbeaten start to the Premier League 2-winning campaign, the young stopper headed off on loan to Barnet.

There Keeley had a terrific half a season, with his performances between the sticks helping the team to the National League play-offs where they eventually lost in the semi-finals to Solihull Moors. Tottenham's number one Guglielmo Vicario and Spurs' goalkeeper coach Rob Burch went to watch the young keeper during one of his performances this year.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21s international then got the news last week that he would be stepping up with Bosun Lawal to join the training camp with John O'Shea's senior squad for a few days with the country's stars, before linking back up on Tuesday with Jim Crawford's Under-21s for their international matches against Croatia and England on June 7 and 11 respectively.

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It has been yet another big step for Keeley, who has only spent two seasons so far in professional football since arriving from St Patrick's Athletic, yet was named by Antonio Conte in his squad for Tottenham's pre-season tour to South Korea two years ago and then Ange Postecoglou for his first tour to Perth, Bangkok and Singapore last summer.

Keeley could travel again with Spurs on this summer's tour to Japan and Korea, although understands that a string of clubs in the Football League are looking to take the talented goalkeeper on loan next season.

With Tottenham's goalkeeping department packed with Brandon Austin's new five-year deal, Fraser Forster returning from injury and Alfie Whiteman with a year left on his contract, as well as teenage goalkeeper Luca Gunter impressing after Keeley's loan move, it makes sense for the young Irishman to continue his development with regular starts in the Football League.

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