Why Adam Taggart could be the boost Perth Glory needs

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Perth Glory announced the return of home-grown striker Adam Taggart to their ranks last Thursday, an addition to the side that could change the course of their difficult season so far.

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Taggart is currently playing for Cerezo Osaka in the J1 League in Japan and is set to join the Glory on a three-and-a-half-year deal once the January transfer window opens in just under two weeks’ time.

The 29-year-old could make all the difference for the Glory, who have had a challenging start to season, especially since losing key striker Bruno Fornaroli to Melbourne Victory.

Following a mass team rebuild over the break, head coach Ruben Zadkovich’s side have managed just two wins in seven matches.

Taggart is bound to make a difference.

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The Joondalup-born striker began his professional football career at the Glory in 2011 before winning both the ALM golden boot award and young player of the year award with the Newcastle Jets in 2012.

It was at the Jets Taggart played alongside Zadkovich, forming part of the reason for the striker to now re-join him in Perth.

Previously working together is a great bonus for the side and will hopefully add some extra chemistry to the almost entirely new squad.

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Taggart’s success in his opening seasons in Australia eventually saw him experience stints at both Fulham FC and Dundee United in the UK before returning to the Glory after a couple years abroad.

With 12 goals to his name following the 2016/2017 season, the then 23-year-old Taggart tied with both Andy Keogh and Diego Castro for the Perth Glory’s club golden boot. During the following season he managed to secure top spot with eight goals in 14 appearances.

After a brief move to Brisbane Roar, Taggart transferred to Korean club Suwon Samsung Bluewings where in his first season he amassed 31 goals in 65 appearances, earning him the leagues Golden Boot award as well as helping his side in winning the league title.

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He has also played for the Socceroos featuring in the 2014 world cup in Brazil.

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The centre-forward is returning to the Glory currently with 22 goals in 48 appearances and will certainly be looking to add to his goal scoring tally.

Now at the ripe age of 29, Taggart is currently in his peak years of performance, meaning the best may still be yet to come.

His return home is the perfect time for him to show what he is made of and could well and truly steer the Glory on track for a much better season than is currently being forecast.

If Taggart is brought into action as soon as possible, he could be seen in the starting line-up away against Adelaide United on January 2, 2023.

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