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Keogh's A-League future hot talking point

The future of Andy Keogh and Bruno Fornaroli remain up in the air, with a potential A-League swap still on the cards.

Keogh's A-League future hot talking point

The future of Andy Keogh and Bruno Fornaroli remain up in the air, with a potential A-League swap still on the cards.

ANDY KEOGH of Perth Glory in action during the A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.
ANDY KEOGH of Perth Glory in action during the A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia. Picture:Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images

Have Perth A-League fans seen the last of Andy Keogh in purple?

That's the big question fans want answered as the Glory mull over a blockbuster trade that might net star Melbourne City attacker Bruno Fornaroli.


Reports are rife City are prepared to trade Fornaroli for Keogh in a direct swap.

Fornaroli has fallen out with coach Warren Joyce, but whether the Glory are in a position to meet the Uruguayan's hefty pay packet remains to be seen.

Glory coach Tony Popovic has been peppered all week by questions about the potential swap, but the club is yet to adopt a formal position.

Keogh has formed a key part in the Glory's stunning start to the season, netting seven goals in 12 games.

Some eyebrows were raised when Popovic named Keogh on the bench for Wednesday's 3-1 win over Sydney FC.

But the fact Keogh was among six changes to the starting line-up meant the move was, in all probability, a tactical one to help freshen up the Irishman, rather than a signal he might be on the way out.

Keogh came on in the 64th minute to strong support from the Glory faithful, with chants of "Keogh, Keogh" echoing around the ground.

But Popovic was in no mood to discuss the Keogh-Fornaroli situation after the match.

"You're asking the wrong person. I don't know what you want me to tell you," Popovic said.

"There's nothing to tell them (the fans) on that front. He's a part of Perth Glory and (on Thursday) he'll be at training.

"He's a contracted player. We have 23 contracted players.

"Everyone you saw today is a contracted player. So unless something changes and I lose some players without my knowledge, those players are here."

Perth's stunning win over Sydney moved them six points clear on top of the table.

Attacker Joel Chianese snared a first-half brace, while Brendon Santalab scored his first goal of the season for a 3-0 lead at the break.

The result broke Sydney's nine-match winning run against the Glory in A-League fixtures.

"I don't think we felt the bogey on our back," Popovic said of the losing run against Sydney.

"I think we've just been doing that throughout the year. Every time we win, I get told, 'Well, we haven't done that before'.

"We did it against Central Coast where there was a poor record. We did it in Brisbane where there was a poor record.

"(Against Sydney) it was another chance to add another one to the list, and we did it against a very good team."

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