He wasn’t in my opinion, he finished himself but he was well worth his place on the team two years ago.
I think also, there is no one ‘direction’ in relation to age. Yes, it seems Keaney will be there, but also the likes of Whitely, Burke etc. will also be there. The managements job is to get the best players on the team, they can tinker with bringing in younger guys etc. the panel is plenty big enough to allow for it. But the primary goal is to get the best 15 on the field. I would assume if Keaney proves in training games / other games that he is in the best 15 he will play, if he doesn’t he won’t.