Keogh's early exit dependent on compensation: Perth Glory

Perth Glory will not stand in the way of star striker Andy Keogh's early exit provided the club is compensated.  

The A-League outfit said they are already in talks with a number of strikers after confirming the imminent departure of the Irish international.

Keogh has one year remaining on his deal, with a one year option, and was expected to return to training on Monday, after being granted extended leave.

In a brief statement the club added: “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.

“After several talks with Keogh and his management the club decided not to stand in his way, subject to Perth Glory being compensated.”

Glory confirmed it was in the process of terminating the 29-year old’s contract.

“The club would like to assure its members and fans that it is in talks with a number of strikers and hopes to make an announcement within the coming weeks.”

Payments to Keogh were at the centre of last season's salary cap scandal which saw Glory dumped out of the finals and fined $269,000 by Football Federation Australia.

There was no suggestion the player was aware of any irregularity.

Keogh’s departure robs the club of significant firepower. The striker was on-fire for Perth in the early part of the season and contributed 12 goals to Perth’s ill-fated 2014-15 campaign.

His departure is another blow to the club who has already lost young gun Jamie Maclaren, experienced goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and Scott Jamieson among others.

Keogh fired Glory’s impressive title charge last season but the goals fell-off towards the end of the campaign.

He also made headlines in February when he and teammate Josh Risdon were arrested for unruly behaviour outside an Adelaide nightclub.