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Taggart heads home

After a failed venture abroad at Fulham, Australia international Adam Taggart has returned to the A-League with Perth Glory.

Perth Glory have signed striker Adam Taggart from Fulham, although he will not be able to play this season due to FIFA rules.

The 22-year-old returns to his home-town club, where he made his senior debut in 2011, following an unsuccessful 18-month stint at Fulham in the Championship.

Under FIFA rules, Taggart will not be eligible to play for Perth for the remainder of this campaign because he has already played for two clubs in one season – Fulham and Dundee United, where he was on loan earlier this term.

But the Socceroos forward can be registered with up to three clubs in the same timeframe and has signed a contract until the end of 2017-18.

Taggart won the A-League Golden Boot in 2013-14 while he was at Newcastle Jets and was also named the A-League’s Young Player of the Year.

He was included in Australia’s squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and took part in the Under-23 team’s recent failed campaign to qualify for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“Adam is a quality player and person, who can add value to what we are trying to build at Perth Glory,” said Glory coach Kenny Lowe.

“I’ve known ‘Taggs’ for many years and I think being at home around his family, will help re-invigorate his focus on his game.”

Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos said Taggart’s signature was part of the club’s four-year strategy.

“All our decisions during the January transfer window have been consistent with our strategy to build a squad for success over the coming years” he said.

“We are excited to land the signature of Adam Taggart, who has attracted interest around the globe and we have beaten several Australian and overseas clubs for his signature.”

Taggart is expected to join Perth for training on Thursday.

Taggart in the dark on Fulham future

Fulham striker and former A-League Golden Boot winner Adam Taggart admits he doesn’t know where his immediate club future lies, as he heads into combat with the Olyroos this month with Rio 2016 shimmering on the horizon.

The 22 year-old Fulham striker has yet to make his senior debut after 17 months in west London, with injuries and ill fortune taking their toll.

But fresh back from a loan spell with Scottish Premiership strugglers Dundee United, Taggart has recovered his fitness and will be looking to attract the attention of new Cottagers manager Slavisa Jokanovic, from far away Doha this month, as he hunts the goals which could clinch Olympic Games qualification for Australia at the AFC Under-23 Championship.

Taggart has trained briefly under the man who led Watford to the English Premier League last season only to quit as contract talks broke down.

And while he knows a starring role for his country could aid his cause at Craven Cottage, he also realises he could just as easily exit the club during the January window.

Newcastle Jets, for whom he scored 16 times two seasons ago, have already been rebuffed in their bid to bring him back to the Hunter and Perth Glory are also keen to bring the Western Australian back to the club where it all began.

The gun forward, who is contracted until the end of next season, doesn’t pretend to know where his immediate future lies and said “The main thing for me is to get back to playing regular first team football.

“You never know what’s going to happen this month. Fulham have a new gaffer in and there may be an opportunity there but I really can’t say how things will go.

“I’ve had a few days training under him, so we will see.”

Asked if the A-League was a potential option, he replied: “Everything is an option. You can’t rule anything out, especially the situation I am in.

“But my long-term goal is to be playing regularly in Europe and I still think I have something to offer, whether that’s in England or somewhere else.

“My heart still lies in having a career in Europe and I will take the next few weeks away with the Olyroos and see what comes up, and what Fulham’s thoughts are.”

Taggart returns to Fulham

Dundee United have released Fulham and Australian striker Adam Taggart from his loan deal early but not to engineer a reported A-League switch.

The 22-year-old’s loan from Fulham was due to expire next month, but United opted to cut it short with Taggart only making nine appearances for the club without a goal.

Taggart will immediately return to parent club Fulham, who last month sacked Kit Symons. Symons previously sent the Socceroo out on loan.

The Perth-born striker is yet to debut at Fulham despite joining the club 18 months ago, after winning the A-League Golden Boot at Newcastle Jets and playing in the 2014 World Cup.

Fulham looking to move on Taggart and Bodurov

Fulham striker Adam Taggart is set to join Dundee United on loan from Fulham, who are looking to send Nikolay Bodurov out on loan.

Bulgarian defender Bodurov, 29, will slip down the pecking order following the arrival of Richard Stearman, who is having a medical ahead of a move from Wolves.

Australian Taggart, 22, has not made a first-team appearance for the Whites since being signed from Newcastle Jets last summer.

He is set to spend the rest of the season in Scotland after a deal was agreed with United.

Bodurov, meanwhile, also moved to Craven Cottage a year ago and has since made 41 league appearances.

Fulham manager Kit Symons has been keen to sign another centre-back in addition to Tim Ream, who was recently brought in from Bolton.

Taggart joins Dundee United on loan

Fulham’s Australian international striker Adam Taggart has joined Scottish Premiership side Dundee United on loan until January.

The 22 year-old has struggled to make an impact at Craven Cottage having seen his Fulham career cruelly interrupted by injuries following his arrival from Newcastle Jets last summer. Taggart, who represented his country at the World Cup in Brazil and boasted a fine scoring record in Australian domestic football, has yet to play a senior first-team game for Fulham and even his opportunities at under-21 level were severely curtailed by injury.

Taggart had insisted earlier in the summer that he wanted to stay and fight for a place in the Fulham first team but has been convinced to join Jackie McNamara’s side on loan. A direct replacement for Patrick Muirhead, who joined Partick Thistle on loan earlier today, Taggart could make his United debut against Kilmarnock on September 12th.