Ireland midfielder Miller joins Perth Glory

Australia’s Perth Glory say they have signed former Manchester

United midfielder Liam Miller to fill the gap left by the departing

Robbie Fowler.

Perth said Friday that the 30-year-old Ireland player had signed

with the A-League team for the next two seasons.

Ex-Liverpool forward Fowler told the Glory late Wednesday he

would not be returning for the next A-League season due to family

reasons.

Miller has also played with Leeds United, Sunderland, Queens

Park Rangers and most recently Scotland’s Hibernian. He is expected

to arrive in Perth ahead of the Glory’s July 9 preseason friendly

against Scottish giants Celtic, with whom he began his professional

career.

Miller played with Manchester United from 2004 to 2006.

”Liam brings a lot of experience to the club and he’s played at

a number of top clubs,” Perth coach Ian Ferguson said. ”It’s

great to have a player of Liam’s caliber at Perth Glory. He’s a

quality player.”

Miller said he looked forward to joining the team in

Australia.

”I have heard a lot of wonderful things about the city of

Perth, but football is the most important thing,” Miller, who is

currently in Scotland, said in a statement.

Fowler, 36, who scored nine goals in 28 matches in his only

season with Perth, said he wanted spend more time with his family

and pursue his coaching qualifications in England. He said he was

not in discussions with any club about continuing his playing

career.

Before joining Perth, Fowler spent a season with A-League rival

North Queensland Fury.