Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Robbie Fowler Stays Rooted In Down Under

Various news sources have reported that the Liverpool and Premier League goalscoring legend has moved after one year at North Queensland Fury. The Fury which are undergoing financial troubles released Fowler once the current season had ended. Fowler was originally on a two-year deal with North Queensland.

Fowler ended the season with nine goals and two assists in 26 matches in the A-League. Fury finished seventh in the A-League, just missing out on the play-offs. His debut season in Australia can be deemed a successful one. At the NQF medal night, Fowler won a hattrick of honours, the Golden Boot (as the Fury's top scorer), Players' Player Award and also Player of The Year. He also played more minutes (2776 minutes) than any single player in the A-League.

Fury Chairman Don Matheson said the 34-year-old had more than proven his worth to the new Hyundai A- League club. Matheson said,

“Robbie’s been fantastic for us,”
“We hoped he’d score goals for us and he did – some of them were among the best seen in the Hyundai A-League this season.”
“The fact his teammates have acknowledged him as their choice of Players’ Player speaks volumes about the sort of person Robbie is.”

Once the Fury released him, there were no shortage of takers for a super striker like Fowler. The champions Sydney FC was interested, but Robbie Fowler chose to link up with his former Fury manager, Ian Ferguson who is now assistant manager for Perth Glory FC. Now that the A-League had eased the regulation to include two marquee signing, Robbie Fowler became the biggest signing in the history of Perth Glory.

The Aussies obviously love him and his footballing brain over there, here's the video evidence as seen from EngFootyAbroad.

Chairman Tony Sage emphatically said,
“Getting players of this calibre is not easy but it’s the commitment I have made to this football club. Now we need our fans and supporters to return the faith by purchasing season memberships.
Perth Glory had their best season ever this time around in the A-League. Robbie Fowler will add some much needed attacking potency to their strikeforce. Why did he choose Perth instead of Sydney? Perhaps this statement from Fowler himself (taken off an interview in the Daily Mail when he was still playing for Fury) will explain it.
Something that really appealed to me was being in on the start of a brand new team going into the top division of a league. That is very unusual and it has been the chance to make a bit of history and learn a few things,’ he says. ‘Obviously there are other factors as well, but basically I still love playing football, and I reckon I can still play okay.
In short, he likes the challenge of taking a team to greater heights. Even the many familiar faces at Perth will help him as well. The likes of Andy Todd, Ian Ferguson and Jacob Burns will make settling in a lot easier for Fowler.

Robbie Fowler will join his new Perth Glory team mates for preseason training in June.

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