Monday 23 April 2018

Irish soccer international poised for Thailand move as Australian club seeks to terminate contract

Andy Keogh was charged with a public disorder offence in Adelaide.
Andy Keogh was charged with a public disorder offence in Adelaide.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh looks set to leave Perth Glory and could be set for an unlikely move to Thailand.

The West Australian, under the headline 'Keogh walks out on Glory as wages of sin prove costly' reports that the former Millwall player and Glory could not come to an agreement over a new contract after Thai Premier League club Ratchaburi showed an interest in the player.

The 29-year-old's deal is due to expire at the end of next season, and while the club offered new terms, they admitted they could not compete with the overseas offer, and are now looking to end his current deal.

"The Irishman had a one year deal remaining (with a one year option) and was expected to return to training yesterday, after being granted extended leave," a Perth Glory statement read.

Read more: Andy Keogh at centre of financial storm in Australia

"Upon his return to Perth late last week, Keogh received an offer from an overseas club - which Perth Glory could not compete with.

"Perth Glory exhausted every avenue to resolve certain terms and conditions relating to Keogh's contract from last year and offered him a new and transparent deal that did not breach the salary cap."

A picture was posted online of the Dubliner with the Ratchaburi club president.

A new striker and the president* Andy Keogh Irish international 30caps 29yrs old season2014-15 2nd top goal scorer in A-league. Let's score for fun.

A photo posted by Fluke Ratchaburimitrpholfc (@fluke_ratchaburimitrpholfc) on

Keogh scored 12 league goals last season, but was dogged by controversy despite some stellar performances on the pitch. The club was fined $269,000 (€182,000) and banned from the finals last season after undisclosed payments to Keogh and five other players

Keogh was arrested alongside teammate Josh Risdon in February for disorderly behaviour outside an Adelaide nightclub, before the charges were subsequently dropped.

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