Lowry tips Keogh for A-League glory

Shane Lowry has backed his former Millwall teammate Andy Keogh to shine at new club Perth Glory this season.

Keogh joined the Glory at the end of May and has already made a fast start, claiming two goals in the club’s recent FFA Cup win over the Newcastle Jets.

The Irish striker also scored in pre-season friendlies against Inglewood United and La Liga side Malaga.

Lowry spent two years playing alongside Keogh at Millwall and rates the 28-year- old highly.

“I think he’ll do really well,” the Leyton Orient defender said.

“I was actually at training with the Glory for a couple of weeks when I was out of contract. Obviously he’s hit the ground running already.

“He’s got a couple of goals for them, against the Jets I’ve seen the other day, and I think he’ll do really, really well in that league.

“I think he’ll score a lot of goals. He’ll help move them back on to the map.”

Keogh was a junior with Leeds United and has played for Scunthorpe United, Bury, Wolverhampton, Cardiff City, Bristol City, Millwall and Blackpool over a 10 year period.

He played in the English Premier League with Wolves in the 2009-2010 season but has spent most his career in the Championship.

Keogh made his international debut for Ireland in 2007 and has made 30 appearances for the Republic.

At the Glory the Dubliner will have big boots to fill in replacing Shane Smeltz who has joined Sydney FC.

Lowry believes Keogh will be a hit in the A-League.

“He’s got 30-odd caps for the Republic of Ireland,” he said.

“He comes with vast experience, he’s played in the Premier League, so he’s got a lot of experience behind him.

“Even though they don’t know him in the A-League they’ll see he’s a hard-working player and he’ll get a lot of goals for them.”