Saturday 22 July 2017

Is Robbie Keane on his way to the A-League in Australia?

Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane
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The Republic of Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane looks to be keen on a move to the Australian A-League.

The 36-year-old was linked with a move to the Western Sydney Wanderers last November after he left the LA Galaxy but Keane rebuffed their advances.

Speaking to RTE yesterday, Keane's wife Claudine admitted that she had changed her mind on the possibility of moving Down Under.

“Initially when we left LA I thought I’d like England but now that I’ve been home for a little while I’m looking at the bigger picture," she said.

“I know nothing is forever and this is just the way it is for a few years. You take the opportunity and you grasp it. Now I’m much more open. I think I was closed off initially.

“Sydney came in and I just thought, ‘No, please I can’t go to Sydney now. That other flight was bad with two kids, you can’t put me on this flight. I’m going to crack up altogether. Now I’m approaching it differently and he is too.

“I think it’s going to be like most moves, a bit last minute.”

“Rob really wants to play now. He’s had enough of just training. He enjoyed it for the first few weeks but now it’s like ‘I want a game at the end of the week, I’m training hard, I feel good, now I want to play.”

Keane seems to have changed his mind, but if a report in the Irish Daily Star today is accurate, the Western Sydney Warriors have too.

The current A-League season concluded this Sunday when Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory face each other in the Grand Final.

The next A-League season begins next October, when Keane will be 37, and it is understood that interest in Keane from the Western Sydney Wanderers has cooled.

The former Liverpool and Spurs striker continues to train with Shamrock Rovers.

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