He believes Athlone secured a jewel in bringing him in from Bray Wanderers.
Former Dundalk opposition analyst and manager Shane Keegan believes Killian Cantwell has been key to Athlone Town's blistering start to the season.
The ex- Bray Wanderers defender was named in last season's SSE Airtricity First Division Team Of The Season for his performances with the seagulls.
The 26-year-old has turned in two man of the match performances at the heart of the town defence as they set the pace in the second tier.
Keegan says the midlanders ability to poach the Kilkenny man has been significant: