Liverpool great Fowler quits Australian league

Ex-Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler has told Perth Glory he won’t

be returning for the next Australian A-League season.

The West Australian club announced in a statement that Fowler

had contacted Glory chairman Tony Sage to say that he wouldn’t be

returning for another season due to family reasons.

Fowler, 36, who scored nine goals in 28 matches last season,

said he wanted to pursue his coaching qualifications in England and

told Perth he was not in discussions with any club about continuing

his playing career.

He joined Perth in 2010 after a season at fellow A-League club

North Queensland Fury and was widely expected to sign for one more

season with the Glory.

”I have a wonderful and loving family to consider and with the

children in school, it’s best to keep them settled,” Fowler said

in a statement. ”I also need to stay in the U.K. to complete my

coaching badges.”

Sage said Fowler had increased the club’s profile and would be

missed in the 2011-12 season.

”While I would’ve loved to have him here for a second season,

as a husband and father I understand that his family comes first,”

Sage said. ”I can’t thank him enough for his contribution to the

football club.”

Fowler became the A-League’s biggest recruit when he agreed in

2009 to join North Queensland on a two-season deal after an English

career that saw him become one of Liverpool’s greats, followed by

brief stints at Manchester City, Blackburn and elsewhere which

helped him become the fourth-highest scorer ever in the English

Premier League.

He scored nine goals in 26 matches for North Queensland but was

released from his contract at the Fury after the club became mired

in financial trouble.

He joined Perth as the club’s marquee foreign player, meaning

his wage was exempt from the A-League’s salary cap. No details of

the deal with Perth were disclosed.