Everything in place for Keogh to shine at Glory
Andy Keogh in action for Blackpool at Ipswich in February this year. Pic: Getty Images

For every big-name import to dazzle the A-League, there has been another who has arrived promising the world and ended up delivering very little.

Perth Glory have seen their fair share of the latter, including the disappointing Brian Deane, Amaral and injury-hit William Gallas.

New signing Andy Keogh does not fit that mould.

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland striker has long held a burning desire to play overseas and was determined to do so while he still had the ability to have a major impact.

He will get that opportunity next season after accepting a two-year deal with Glory this week.

“I didn’t want to be one of those players, the cliché of going to the MLS (United States) or the A-League at the end of their career,” Keogh told The West Australian.

“I wanted to go now, give it a good shot and see what comes of it.

“I’m going to bring energy, work rate, goals and quality to the front play.”

Keogh was a free agent after being released by English Championship club Millwall at the end of last season.

He had spent two years at The Den, and also had stints at Wolves, Leeds, Cardiff and Blackpool during an 11-year professional career.

Keogh’s spell at Wolves included a pre-season tour to Perth in 2009, when he played against Glory and North Queensland Fury at nib Stadium.

The city holds fond memories for the striker, who first visited family in WA as a 10-year-old and has been back regularly since.

Keogh’s parents and extended family are based in the northern suburbs, which he expects to make for a smooth transition with wife Natalie and their nine-year-old daughter.

“It’s a big change for them but they’re supportive of me and we’re looking forward to a different way of life,” Keogh said.

“The good thing is we’re not on our own. We’ve got family out there as well so everything just seemed to fit.”

Keogh’s wage will fit under the salary cap, with Glory chief executive Jason Brewer confirming the club would not fill either of the two available marquee roster spots next season.

The striker said his ambitions matched those of new coach Kenny Lowe, who is presiding over a major squad overhaul in a bid to reach the finals.

“We want to finish as high as possible and get to the grand final and kick on from there,” Keogh said.

“It’s as simple as that, there’s no messing about.

“It wasn’t the best season for Perth in terms of on the field last season but we’re looking for a dramatic change around this season.

“There’s a big change going on. I spoke to Jason Brewer a few times and I was very impressed with how the club wants to go forward.

“There were a lot of different factors but I wanted to be part of something like that and I’m really looking forward to it.”

The West Australian

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