Perth Glory have announced striker Andy Keogh has re-signed with the club for the next two seasons, though the A-League club currently has the maximum number of visa spots in their squad.
“While our visa spots for the current season are full (at the maximum allowable limit of five) we have not given up hope that Andy Keogh could be playing football wearing a Perth Glory jersey in the 2015/16 season," Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos said in a statement.
“We have until February 2 to register him within the January transfer window, should the opportunity materialise."
That statement opens up the possibility that one of the club's visa players could be moved on during the January transfer window, or Keogh could come in as an injury replacement. The club has previously been informed they weren't cleared to sign Keogh outside the salary cap as a marquee.
“Once we became aware that Andy’s playing stint at Thai Premier League Club, Ratchaburi had come to an end – we immediately made contact to get him back at the club and re-join his family in sunny Perth,” added Filopoulos.
“We did not want to wait till the end of the season and risk losing him to another club,”
Keogh scored 12 goals in the Hyundai A-League and five goals in the Westfield FFA Cup during the 2014/15 campaign.
“I’ve always said that I left Perth with a heavy heart. My stint in Asia didn’t work out the way I intended, however I’m glad to have teamed up yet again with Kenny Lowe and the boys at Perth Glory,” Keogh said.
“I am committed to helping Perth Glory become a powerhouse in the A-League and pledge to do my best to see it return to its glory days.”
Keogh’s contract effectively commences in January 2016 but the club remains hopeful he can still play this season despite currently having all the visa spots on their roster filled.
Glory will play Central Coast Mariners on Saturday in what will be the first of three back-to-back home games at nib Stadium.