Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe expects high-profile signing Andy Keogh to be a massive asset for the club as it looks to climb back into the A-League finals this season.
Keogh arrived in Perth on Tuesday and has slotted into pre-season training with his new teammates, showing his class during drills at McGillivray Oval yesterday.
The 28-year-old striker has represented the Republic of Ireland 30 times, played in the English Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers and spent the past two years in the second-tier Championship with Millwall and Blackpool.
He will fill the hole in Glory's attack left by Shane Smeltz, who has joined Sydney FC.
"Andy's played at the top level and won 30 caps for the Republic," Lowe said. "Every time (former Ireland manager) Giovanni Trapattoni picked a team, he was in that squad.
"I'm sure he'll be a massive asset for us."
Lowe said Keogh had already been welcomed into the fold.
"He's had two training sessions and he seems like a very nice, humble guy," Lowe said.
"He's got good work ethic so I'm sure he'll fit in really well with these guys here."
The A-League season is still more than three months away, but the long pre-season campaign comes with a twist this year.
The FFA Cup will present A-League sides with a new challenge when it begins next month.
Glory will be joined in the round of 32 by NPLWA clubs Bayswater City and Stirling Lions, who qualified via Football West's Cool Ridge Cup competition.
"It's right in the middle of the pre-season and you've to get up, then relax, then get back up again," Lowe said. "So it's going to be a unique experience for everybody, but I think it's exciting and it's brilliant for the State league clubs.
"Back home (in England) if you play in the FA Cup and you're a non-league club and you just get through to the third round, it's party time if you get a Man United or something.
"The way the draw is here, a State league club can get through to the semifinals. It's exciting times."
Glory recruit Ruben Zadkovich injured a knee this week but is expected to rejoin the main group at training in the coming days.
Zadkovich is one of five players Glory have added to their squad. Lowe expects to sign up to three more players.
·Glory are close to securing a pre-season friendly fixture against Spanish La Liga club Malaga, to be played at nib Stadium on July 27.