Football: Fowler to play in Thailand, says club

BANGKOK, July 7, 2011 (AFP) - Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is heading to Thailand to play for Muang Thong United, the club said Thursday, in a surprise move just weeks after the ex-England striker quit Australia's A-League.

(File) Robbie Fowler

"He agreed to play with Muang Thong United as a forward," team manager Ronnarit Suewaja told AFP. "I'm confident that Thai football will improve as a famous player like him agreed to join us."

The 36-year-old striker, who scored 183 goals during eight years at Liverpool and won 26 England caps, is due to arrive in Thailand on Friday and undergo a medical check-up, Ronnarit said.

"The contract has already been signed. We just need to work out a few details," said Ronnarit, who declined to reveal the length of the deal.

Fowler would be by far the highest profile player in the Thai Premier League, whose other foreign stars include Christian Kouakou of Ivory Coast, Ney Fabiano of Brazil and Japan's Kazuto Kushida.

The move comes four months after Portuguese coach Henrique Calisto joined Muang Thong following his resignation from the Vietnam national team.

Fowler announced in early June that he would not be returning to Perth Glory for another season for family reasons. He suggested at the time that he planned to return to Britain to complete his coaching badges.

Fowler played two seasons in the A-League after first turning out for the now-defunct North Queensland Fury.

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