Perth Glory's shining light, Irishman Andy Keogh.
Perth Glory's shining light, Irishman Andy Keogh. WILL RUSSELL

Glory star Keogh among league's best

TIM Cahill is the undoubted shining light of the A-League but he is not the only star.

Andy Keogh's hat-trick for Perth Glory against Cahill's Melbourne City on Friday night was superb and showed that thankfully Football Federation Australia does not have to rely on the Socceroos' leading scorer every week to produce the goods in the competition.

The Irish international is one of a number of star performers who have given the league an extra edge.

City's Bruno Fornaroli continued his remarkable scoring record with two goals on Friday to add to the 25 he scored last season.

Sydney FC's Filip Holosko and Bobo have been among the goals, while Johnny Warren Medallist Diego Castro has continued where he left off last season, bagging two goals so far in Glory's bright start to the new campaign.

Brett Holman's reputation preceded him and he could have been forgiven for coming to the A-League and just taking it easy, but his man-of-the-match performance in Brisbane Roar's 1-0 success over Central Coast Mariners showed he too was an astute acquisition.

Keogh's start to the season has been good to see and the FFA should be so happy he decided to come back to Australia following the trials and tribulations of the Glory's salary cap breach in 2015, which resulted in the club being booted out of finals.

Keogh was the central figure in the club's darkest hour after it made payments through his wife that were not disclosed, concealed some of his wages through what were supposed to be sponsorship deals with a firm run by his uncle and failed to declare agent costs to the FFA.

The 30-year-old left to try his luck in Thailand but thankfully for the Glory and the competition Keogh's gamble with Ratchaburi didn't pay off and he was soon looking for a return to Perth.

Although he was owed money, Keogh decided that he still need to repay the faith the club had put in him and made his return.

Thankfully, despite an original ruling that Perth's allocation of foreign players was already full, some wheeling and dealing (this time above board) allowed him to make a return.

And it seems Keogh is here to stay.

His family seems settled in the West Australian capital, especially after the birth of his second child, daughter Kaia Carmel, earlier this month.

He also looks to have sorted out his future after his playing days are over after earning his UEFA A coaching licence, and has started gaining experience in the National Premier League with Irish-backed Shamrock Rovers Perth FC.



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