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Robbie Keane keeping his options open

Press AssociationPress Association 25/11/2016

Robbie Keane remains as hungry as ever and insists he still has plenty of goals left in him as he seeks his final challenge in football. © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Robbie Keane remains as hungry as ever and insists he still has plenty of goals left in him as he seeks his final challenge in football. Star Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane has been linked with a move to a number of A-League clubs including Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney and the man himself says he is open to a new challenge.

The 36-year-old, the Republic of Ireland's leading scorer with 68 goals, has just ended his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, where during a five-year-spell he became one of the most significant players in Major League Soccer.

Keane is well travelled, having played for the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Celtic, and is yet to rule out any potential move, whether that be to Australia, Asia or even a return to the UK.

Keane is confident he still has plenty of goals left in him and wants to challenge himself with what may well be his final contract.

"I still feel sharp - I look after myself very well - and I've certainly got a lot of goals left in me. I still feel as hungry as ever," Keane said.

"I am very open to what comes my way. I look forward to another challenge because I definitely see me having a couple of good years left.

"I want to go somewhere I can have an impact and help the team go forward or help a league grow - basically the same reason I went to the MLS.

"I wouldn't rule out anything. There would definitely be an interest in the UK.

"I'd never say never but it has to be the right club and the right people involved - an ambitious club who want to get in the Premier League or stay in the Premier League.

"I'm not frightened of a challenge - I haven't been since I was 16 and left Dublin - and I'm not scared of moving to a different place because everywhere I've moved to has never been my home - Ireland is my home."

Keane believes that right now a host of options are on the table, including Australia, and he is yet to rule anything out.

"There is not one choice. Everything is on the table and I'll see what is the best option for me and the family - which is the most important thing."

Keane is the first to admit his farewell season, immediately after being named the MLS' best-ever import with the Galaxy, was not his best.

A few injuries, plus Euro 2016 involvement with Ireland, meant he was restricted to just 17 appearances, although he still scored 10 goals.

Having turned 36 in July - the same age as Galaxy teammate Steven Gerrard, who has just announced his retirement - Keane knows his age may be a barrier for some clubs.

However, he has been heartened by the number of enquiries he has already had about his availability and is determined to squeeze every last minute out of his playing career.

"Last season was not a satisfying season for me in terms of being away for a long time with the national team and injuries," he said.

"But whether you are young or old you have to be judged on what you are doing at the time and I don't see many people scoring as many goals as I have.

"If teams don't want me because of my age it doesn't bother me, but teams have been calling me so it is obviously not an issue for them."

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