Former West Brom, QPR and Southampton forward makes surprise move to Australian A-League side Brisbane Roar

Austin made 45 appearances for Albion between 2019-2021.

Former West Bromwich Albion striker Charlie Austin is close to completing a transfer to Australian A-League side Brisbane Roar.

The forward, who spent two years at the Hawthorns between 2019 and 2021, spent last season at Albion’s Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers but was released this summer after he failed to hit a certain number of appearances that would have triggered an extension.

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Both Cardiff City and Derby County are believed to have been keen on signing West Brom striker Charlie Austin in the last transfer window, but the player's wage demands scuppered the chances of a deal. (The Athletic)

Austin, 32, now looks likely to swap the Championship for a move to the other side of the world and has just undergone a medical down under ahead of a proposed move according to reports.

If all goes well, the striker will bring to an end an 11-year stay in England’s top two divisions in which he played for Burnley, Southampton, the Baggies & latterly QPR.

Austin never really found his best form at the Hawthorns managing only 11 goals and two assists in 45 appearances but his overall record is still an impressive one.

In the last decade, he made 218 appearances in the Championship and 111 in the Premier League, scoring 88 and 34 goals in each, respectively.

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