Former Irish international striker Robbie Keane.
Former Irish international striker Robbie Keane. Antonio Calanni

Keane a perfect fit for the A-League

FOOTBALL: Robbie Keane's resume is up there with some of the best footballers of his generation and that's why he would be the perfect fit for any A-League club.

The former Republic of Ireland international might be 36 but his 317 goals in 723 appearances for 10 clubs around the world show just how good a player he has been and still could be if any Australian outfit took a chance on the striker.

Keane announced his retirement from international football after scoring 68 goals for his country in 148 appearances.

That would mean all his attention would be on club football - another tick on his already impressive CV.

The Western Sydney Wanderers would appear to be the favourites to sign Keane in the January transfer window after he confirmed earlier this week he would leave the LA Galaxy in December after six seasons in MLS.

The former Tottenham, Liverpool and Leeds striker led the Galaxy to three MLS Cup victories, scoring more than 100 goals in all competitions since signing for the club in 2011.

That is a record that is tough to match and if you look at his career, Keane has scored goals for the majority of the 10 clubs he has played for since scoring twice on his debut as a 17-year-old for Wolverhampton Wanderers back in 1997.

After initially appearing to favour staying in America, Keane now seems to be liking the thought of one last challenge in his distinguished career being Down Under.

The Wanderers also appear keen on Keane, with coach Tony Popovic confirming interest in the striker this week.

"He's certainly a player it's hard not to have a look at,” Popovic said.

"But obviously Robbie is the one everyone is talking about at the moment.

"He's had a fantastic career, he's a great player and still scoring goals, so he's certainly a player we'd have a look at.”

MLS clubs including the Vancouver Whitecaps, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United and Atlanta United are all reportedly interested in Keane, while in Australia, the Brisbane Roar has said Keane is on its radar too.

Roar managing director Mark Kingsman said: "When you've got somebody of Robbie Keane's calibre and pedigree, I'm sure every A-League club would be interested. We haven't made an approach yet.”

Whether Brisbane could fit Keane into its salary cap is questionable but the Wanderers reportedly have room.

His age might be against him but Keane would not be a gamble.

His former LA Galaxy teammate Steven Gerrard has put an end to speculation about a move to the Melbourne Victory by announcing his retirement, but the Wanderers - or any A-League side for that matter - should continue the chase for Keane.

There is no doubt that even at his veteran stage he would be great for whichever club he signed for and another boost for the A-League.

Let's hope it happens.

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