Perth Glory have signed Korean defender Soo-beom Kim on a one-year deal while the future remains uncertain for long-serving sureshot striker Andy Keogh.
Keogh has reportedly been training by himself at the club and is said to have been frozen out of Glory's plans for the coming season after the recruitment of former Melbourne City sensation Bruno Fornaroli.
Keogh, 33, first joined Glory in 2014 but was at the centre of a salary cap rort that saw Glory punished with a seventh place finish and a massive $269,000 fine.
He briefly left the club for a stint in Thailand but returned in 2016, and has since scored 43 goals in 96 games.
However he is said to be on the outer with coach Tony Popovic and could be set to exit the club if a deal can be arranged.
In the meantime, Perth today announced they had signed 28-year-old Soo-beom Kim from the K-League where he chalked up more than 100 appearances for Gwangju FC and Jeju United.
Kim, who can play on either side of defence or as a wide midfielder, said he was excited to play overseas for the first time.
“Perth Glory had a great season last year and I heard many good things about the coach, the players and the city as well,” he said.
“I can already feel that there is a very bright and positive atmosphere within the squad and a winning mentality. I am really looking forward to being a part of this squad this year.”
Club Football Director Jacob Burns said the new recruit’s skillset, experience and versatility make him a perfect fit for the Glory squad.
“Kim has a proven track record for performing consistently well in the K-League which is among the very best competitions in Asia in terms of its overall standard,” he said.
“He is genuinely two-footed, a reliable and disciplined defender and a player who also provides a genuine attacking threat with his delivery from wide areas.
“His Asian Champions League experience will also be important when we embark upon our first campaign in that competition next year and we are confident that he will be a key performer for us this season.”