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The Derry-born McKeever started his playing career as a winger in the Norwich City academy, but failed to earn a contract at the end of his U18 career and was signed up by Second Division side Peterborough United in the summer of 1996.
McKeever made just three appearances for Peterborough before moving to Premier League Sheffield Wednesday in April 1997 with David Billington for £1 million.
McKeever made three appearances in the Premier League before a foot injury prematurely ended his campaign, before he was sent out on loan to Second Division side Bristol Rovers in the 1998-1999 season, where he made seven appearances.
McKeever then headed to rival Second Division side Reading in March 1999, and made seven appearances across the one-month spell, scoring two goals.
McKeever made his sixth appearance for Sheffield Wednesday in December 1999 against Bristol City in the FA Cup, which was to be his last appearance for the side before moving back to Bristol Rovers on a two-month loan in January 2001.
During his loan spell, the winger appeared six times before he moved to the Memorial Stadium permanently on a free transfer in March 2001, and appeared 30 times for the club before being released in May 2003.
In August 2003, McKeever stepped down to Non-League and joined the Seagulls in the Southern League Premier Division, being a part of the club’s record-breaking FA Cup run to the Second Round in his first season at the club and being a part of the first Seagulls squad to compete in the newly-formed Conference South. In May 2006, McKeever left for Bath City, having made 132 appearances and scored six goals during his three years at Weston.
At Twerton Park, McKeever helped light up the Southern League Premier Division, winning the league in his first season as a Roman with his set-piece delivery often playing a part in Bath goals. Upon promotion to step six of the English pyramid, McKeever was sidelined with a rib injury for part of the season and was loaned out to Southern League Premier Division side Mangotsfield United in January 2008 upon recovery from injury, where he made six appearances.
In March 2008, McKeever returned to Weston as a player having made 76 appearances and scored 10 goals for Bath. During his second spell with the Seagulls, the winger struggled with injuries and retired from semi-professional football in August 2009.
In the 2009-2010 season, the formally retired winger joined East Worle in the Weston & District League Division One, and was part of the squad which won the league title in 2010-2011.
In July 2011, McKeever stepped up to play in the Somerset County League with Banwell, and for the 2012-2013 season, took a step back as he turned out regularly for Banwell Reserves, winning the Vardon Cup in 2013.
As a player, McKeever was recognised on the international stage, being capped 12 times by the Republic of Ireland U19s and four times by the Republic of Ireland U21s. He also represented the Republic of Ireland U19s at the 1997 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championships in Iceland.
McKeever got his first taste of coaching while still a player, moving into management as U18s coach at the Woodspring Stadium during the 2005-2006 season, finishing as league runners up in the Somerset Floodlight Youth League Premier Division.
In the 2014-2015 season, McKeever returned to the Seagulls as assistant manager to Ryan Northmore following the sacking of Micky Bell in November. The Irishman then left again in October 2016 following the arrival of Scott Bartlett after Northmore’s departure, McKeever briefly serving as assistant to caretaker manager Jon Haile for two games.
In May 2018, McKeever returned as the new Football Development Officer, overseeing the academy as well as joining Marc McGregor’s coaching staff on the first-team. When McGregor departed in March 2019, McKeever took over the reins as caretaker manager until the end of the season, taking the side for nine games overall however his spell unfortunately ended in relegation from the National League South.
As well as fulfilling these duties, McKeever managed the U19s upon their return to the National League Youth Alliance in 2018-2019, finishing 8th out of 12 sides in Division E and leading the side to the National League Youth Alliance League Cup quarter-finals, eventually bowing out away to South Shields 1-0.
Following Scott Bartlett’s return as manager in May 2019, it was confirmed that McKeever would return to his position of a first-team coach and overseeing his academy duties.