Adam Taggart has denied suggestions he had kept Perth in the dark about his move to A-League rivals Brisbane, sparking another angry return from his former club.
In a statement released on his behalf by Professional Footballers Australia, Taggart said he had spoken with Glory owner Tony Sage, who labelled him a liar in a furious Facebook rant for turning his back on his hometown team.
Sage suggested Perth only found out about Taggart's departure when it was announced on Tuesday morning by the Roar, but the 24-year-old said club management was informed on Monday afternoon of his decision.
"Coming off contract is an anxious period for any player and I kept the club up to date with my decision-making over the past month or so," Taggart said.
"On Monday afternoon, club management was informed of my decision to join Brisbane Roar, which will give me a chance to work under John Aloisi.
"John is a fantastic coach who has a great record of developing young strikers.
"I feel as though I need a new challenge in a fresh environment and Brisbane can provide that."
Sage had claimed the fringe Socceroos striker had promised to wait until after a successor to sacked coach Kenny Lowe was appointed before making any call on his future.
Taggart also said comments attributed to him in the West Australian were not his.
The newspaper quoted Taggart on Wednesday as saying he "completely understood" Sage's disappointment about when his shift to Brisbane was confirmed because "we are both passionate about football and Perth Glory".
Just hours after Taggart's statement on Wednesday, the Glory produced one of their own, disputing some of the facts given by the player.
Perth confirmed Taggart had informed the club on Monday of his intention to move to Brisbane.
But it reiterated Sage's comments that Taggart had previously promised to wait for a new coach to be appointed before deciding on his future.
"On this basis, we parked our contract discussions until we were in a position to announce a new head coach," the Glory said.
"We understand and respect Adam and his management's decision to sign with Brisbane Roar.
"However, we are disappointed with how this matter has evolved and were most surprised at the timing of the announcement and the manner with which it was made."
Taggart has spent the past two seasons with the Glory, scoring 20 goals across 38 games.
In his move to Queensland on a two-year deal, he follows in the footsteps of another ex-Perth marksman, Jamie Maclaren, who proved a massive hit for the Roar under Aloisi's tutelage.