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Andy Keogh finds Glory Down Under – Wolves' Where Are They Now?

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Thousands of players have donned gold and black over the years with varying degrees of success.

Andy Keogh's now in Saudi Arabia after a very successful spell in Australia

And some have carved out intriguing careers after playing for Wolves.

Here, we take a look at striker Andy Keogh's post-Molineux journey in this first edition of Wolves' Where Are They Now?

Keogh's Wolves spell spanned five years – from 2007 until 2012 – and consisted of 129 appearances, 23 goals, and a few loan spells away.

The former Ireland international was never really the go-to man in attack for Mick McCarthy, but played his part in the club's Championship title win in 2008/09, netting five times, writes Joe Edwards.

He scored Wolves' first goal back in the Premier League the following season too, heading home in a 1-0 win at Wigan.

Keogh's winner at Wigan

And now, he has just finished a goal-laden, record-breaking stint in Australia, moving to Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Qadsiah.

He divided opinion among supporters here, but, in the land Down Under, he is a Perth Glory legend.

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Keogh turned out for Millwall and Blackpool after leaving Molineux, and then the A-League side came calling – and he has never looked back.

In his first official game for Perth, he scored both in a 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets.

It was very much a sign of things to come as his first season in Western Australia brought 12 league goals.

A salary cap breach by the club meant Keogh had to move to Thai team Ratchaburi in 2015, but by the end of the year, he was back in Perth – and he picked up right where he left off.

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Ten goals in 15 games came in the second half of the 2015/16 term, 12 in 2016/17, six in 2017/18 and 15 in 2018/19.

Across all competitions over those seasons, Keogh managed a mighty 55 goals in 122 matches – making him Perth's all-time leading scorer.

If it was up to him, Keogh would have seen out his career in Australia, but a reported falling-out with boss Tony Popovic – formerly of Crystal Palace – and weeks training alone meant he had to find somewhere new to ply his trade.

Popovic, left, fell out with Keogh

And despite offers from the Jets and Adelaide United, he opted for Saudi second-tier Al-Qadsiah in a move which 'safeguards his family's financial future'.

"I’d like to personally wish Andy Keogh all the best," said Perth chairman and owner Tony Sage.

"During his time at Glory, the club experienced plenty of highs and lows, and our respective families forged a close personal relationship that I know will continue.

"An opportunity has now come up for Andy to safeguard his family’s financial future, and those opportunities are very hard to turn down, especially within an industry as unpredictable as football.

"So, as he heads off to start a new chapter in his career, he goes with my best wishes and sincere thanks for the significant contribution he has made to our club over the past five years."

Kind words. Keogh, meanwhile, said: "I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Perth where my family have settled.

"I wanted to see out my playing days at Perth Glory but unfortunately things haven’t worked out this off-season and I have been given a great opportunity in Saudi Arabia.”

Keogh had a dream debut for Al-Qadsiah too, scoring the winner.

He has done pretty well for himself since leaving Wolves.

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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