Charlie Austin signs for Brisbane Roar – the tenth club of his career

Charlie Austin joins the TENTH club of his career as he signs for Brisbane Roar after the former Southampton and Burnley striker was released by QPR at the end of the season

  • Charlie Austin departed QPR at the end of the season and will move to Brisbane
  • The A-League will be the striker’s tenth club of his long and storied career
  • Has previously played for the likes of Burnley and Southampton in England 

Charlie Austin has signed for the tenth club of his career after joining A-League side Brisbane Roar. 

The former Burnley and Southampton man was released by QPR at the end of the season and had been in discussions with the Australian side for a number of weeks.

Announcing the deal on social media, Brisbane Roar used Talksport and Guardian Football Weekly presenter Max Rushden to ‘assist’ in the announcement.

Charlie Austin will join the tenth club of his storied career when he links up with Brisbane Roar 

‘Thanks for the assist, Max Rushden,’ they wrote. 

Rushden moved to Australia last summer to front StanSport’s Champions League and Europa League coverage Down Under. 

The presenter, who was a colleague of Austin’s on Talksport, mocked the cliched statement that players tend to give out when they sign for a new club, advising the ex-QPR striker to tell the Brisbane Roar fans that he ‘can’t wait to come over and get started’. 

The former Burnley and Southampton man departed QPR as a free agent this summer  

Austin himself offered a slightly more detailed statement upon the announcement that he would be moving abroad to play his football for the first time. 

He said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining Brisbane Roar. 

‘To play abroad is something I’ve always wanted to do and when the opportunity came up to join this club I was looking to explore it.’

The striker will depart England as a club hero at QPR and well-revered for his goalscoring exploits

‘I met the gaffer Warren [Moon] in London and he sold me the project of the football club and it was one I was excited about!’ he added.

‘I want to help the club get back into the top six and on a personal note score as many goals as possible.’

It was announced that Austin had signed a ‘multi-year’ deal. 

Austin departs England after a disappointing campaign for QPR in which he only scored five times in 34 games as the club dropped out of the playoffs late in the season.  

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