Having struggled to find a club since receiving a ban from football, Daniel Sturridge has finally completed a move to Australian side Perth Glory. The former Liverpool talisman left Anfield in 2019 as the Reds surprised the football betting odds to win the Champions League. At the end of his deal, he joined Turkish outfit Trabzonspor, but his contract was terminated after he received a four month ban from football for breaching betting rules, leaving him ‘devastated.’
On his day, Sturridge was truly world class but injuries hampered his potential and after spending the summer training alone in the United States and then with Spanish side Real Mallorca, he has finally found a place to call home. The 32-year-old isn’t the first player to make the switch down under. Several others who were once mainstays in the division have made the move to the A-League so read on as we go through the five most notable Brits abroad.
Emile Heskey – Newcastle Jets
One of the leagues deadliest strikers on his day, Emile Heskey hit over 100 goals in the Premier League for various clubs including Liverpool, Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa. The forward traded the Midlands for the A-League in 2012, joining Newcastle Jets before a swansong at Bolton Wanderers to end a wonderful career.
Robbie Fowler – Perth Glory
Simply known as ‘God’ by the Liverpool faithful, Fowler, like Sturridge, made the move to Perth Glory having spent time as a red. The goal poacher left Blackburn Rovers for semi-professional outfit Northern Fury FC, but only played a handful of games before switching to Western Australia. One player who was always guaranteed goals in the football betting tips from Paddy Power, Fowler goes down as one of the best players to grace the division despite playing just a single season. He would later go on to manage Brisbane Roar in 2019.
Steven Taylor – Wellington Phoenix
Although his time down under has come to end, Steven Taylor may have spent most of his last season in Australia quarantining, but on the pitch, he was a reliable servant in the A-League for Wellington Phoenix. Arriving in 2018 from Peterborough United, Taylor is most known for his time at Newcastle United where he graduated from the club’s youth academy.
Jordan Mutch – Western Sydney Wanderers and Macarthur FC
While his first two seasons of Premier League football saw him taste back-to-back relegations with Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers, Jordan Mutch established himself as a top flight footballer with a move to Crystal Palace in 2015. He spent four years at Selhurst Park with short-term loan moves to Reading and Vancouver as well as spells in Korea and Norway before settling in Australia with Western Sydney Wanderers and then Macarthur FC this summer. Certainly the most travelled on this list.
Francis Jeffers – Newcastle Jets
‘Franny’ Jeffers was dubbed the next big thing in British football when he completed a dream move to Arsenal from boyhood club Everton. However, he played just 39 times for the Gunners, scoring just eight goals as a teenager and with a substantial £13 million price tag to carry, Jeffers failed to live up to expectations. He bounced around several clubs including Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday before two spells at Newcastle Jets, where he made a positive impact.