Keogh gets glorious send off as Sturridge shows what could have been

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It was the night of all nights for Perth Glory and their fans on Saturday, but the man who stole the show was no doubt Gloryman Andy Keogh.

After Keogh’s eight years with the club, he holds the all-time records for the most appearances and the highest A-League Men scorer for Glory at 59 goals.

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The Irishman featured in his 156th and final appearance for Glory, playing the last 10 minutes by leading his teammates who ensured Keogh did not have a sour end to his farewell.

Keogh ultimately had his hands tied in the decision to hang up the boots stating that, “The reality is my body has told me that it’s time”.

However, Keogh confirmed while his playing career has come to an end, he will transition into a different role within Perth Glory.

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The farewell ceremony showcased Keogh in one final dance under the lights.

But Saturday evening was also significant in that it bought back Glory front man Bruno Fornaroli, who kept his side from heading into seven consecutive losses. It also saw failed marquee signing Daniel Sturridge return to play a full 45 minutes.

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Despite caretaker coach Ruben Zadkovich confirming Sturridge as “not fit to start”, the ex-Liverpool player found his way to the starting XI.

But Glory’s most recent fixture against Western Sydney Wanderers was the most Sturridge had contributed to the club to date, as he got himself involved with two of Glory’s chances to score which Zadkovich said was unsurprising.

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“It’s no surprise he [Sturridge] was involved in both of them – you could only imagine what he would be like fully fit,” he said.

Zadkovich said points were not of concern for Glory and this fixture was mainly for the fans.

“It’s at that end of the season where the points aren’t important for us, so we wanted to see how we’d go and give the fans something to have a look at,” he said.

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While it may have been intended for the fans, it would have left them wondering what a fit and in-form Sturridge could have done.

Perth Glory will host Melbourne City in their last game of the season on Wednesday night with the potential for Sturridge to show what he is about one last time.

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Ash Ramos
Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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