Perth Glory celebrate as Liverpool icon Fowler signs on

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has quit North Queensland Fury to join Perth Glory today.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has quit North Queensland Fury to join Perth Glory today.

The 35-year-old's future has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks after the financial collapse of the Fury rendered his previous two-year contract void.

Sydney FC was reported to be after Fowler, along with several clubs from the Middle East, but the former Fury skipper has been tempted to head west by Glory owner Tony Sage.

The former Liverpool striker has signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $800,000, a figure Sage said was below the some of the other offers Fowler received.

"Our offer wasn't the highest," Sage said.

"There were two or three other offers, especially from a mid east club, that were higher.

"So why did he decide to come to Perth? We convinced him that the lifestyle here (was excellent), the way the club's going, the direction we're heading."

Sage said new Glory assistant coach and former Rangers midfielder Ian Ferguson had also helped lure Fowler.

The pair worked alongside each other during a tumultuous inaugural season at North Queensland where Ferguson was manager.

The Fury finished outside the play-offs and Fowler, who scored nine goals in 26 appearances, reportedly fell out with Ferguson after the Scot left him on the bench for a match with Brisbane in January.

Sage, however, said there were no problems between the duo.

"A bit of an advantage for us was the fact he played under Fergie last year," Sage added.

"Despite all the media reports he (Fowler) gets on very well with Fergie.

"In fact the first call that was made was by Ferguson to Robbie saying that we were interested, do you want to come and look at Perth as an option.

"So let's dispel any rumours from the beginning that there's any animosity between the two, they're both men, they both sorted it out, so there's no problem there, otherwise the contact wouldn't have been made in the first place."

Fowler's move to Perth was made possible after the Football Federation Australia made changes to the marquee player rule last week.

A-League clubs are now permitted two marquee players, whose contract are not included inside the salary cap, as long as one of them is Australian.

Glory's marquee player last season was Socceroo Mile Sterjovski who now fulfils the Australian marquee role.