Perth Glory's bid to bounce back from last season's salary cap woes has taken another hit, with star striker Andy Keogh set to walk out on the A-League club.
Keogh still has one more season remaining on his existing Glory deal, but it's understood he will leave the club in order to take up a lucrative contract overseas.
Glory tried their best to keep the former Irish international, but it's understood they were unable to match the overseas offer.
Keogh's looming exit is a massive blow to Perth, who have already lost goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, striker Jamie Maclaren, whiz kid Danny De Silva, defender Scott Jamieson, winger Youssouf Hersi, and midfield linchpin Rostyn Griffiths.
Payments made to Keogh became a central focus of last season's salary cap investigation into Perth Glory.
Reports alleged only half of Keogh's salary was declared by the club, with the balance being made up in secret payments to relatives, as well as various non-monetary benefits.
Glory ended up being stripped of its spot in the finals and fined $269,000 after being found guilty of exceeding the $2.55 million salary cap by more than $400,000.
The exit of several high-profile players in the wake of the drama added salt to the wound.
Keogh became an instant hit at Glory last season, with the 29-year-old scoring 12 goals in 27 A-League games.
He also played a key role in helping Glory reach the final of the inaugural FFA Cup.
Keogh hit the headlines in February when he was arrested outside of an Adelaide nightspot for disorderly behaviour.
The charges were later dropped, although Keogh was charged half a week's salary by Perth Glory.
Of Glory's best XI squad from last season, only five remain.
Veteran goalkeeper Ante Covic, defender Antony Golec, and Hungarian midfielder Gyorgy Sandor are among the new signings.
But the squad still lacks out-and-out firepower, with coach Kenny Lowe facing a tricky task to fill his team with top-end talent ahead of the club's season opener on October 10.