Perth Glory Key defensive trio re-sign

Key defensive trio re-sign

Perth Glory FC

A key part of Glory's squad reshaping for next season has been completed with goalkeeper Liam Reddy and defenders Alex Grant and Shane Lowry all penning new deals with the club.

The vastly-experienced Reddy played his 250th Hyundai A-League game in one of 26 appearances for Glory last term and is delighted at the prospect of spending what will be his third campaign here in the West.
"I'm very happy to have re-signed," he said. "My family are very settled and happy over here. It's a great football club and I'm looking forward to helping us chase some silverware next year."

Grant, meanwhile, is now poised for another two seasons in the famous purple having debuted for the club back in 2015.
And the versatile 24-year-old, who chalked up his 50th A-League appearance in the Round 25 clash with Sydney FC, is confident that Glory can improve on their performances this year.
"I'm delighted to be back on board," he said. "Obviously we weren't happy with our performance as a team over the course of last season, but I'm sure we'll come back stronger for it. I just want to play my part in giving our fans the success they want and deserve."

Having also debuted in 2015, vice-captain Lowry is closing in on his own 50th game for Glory and is particularly proud to have pledged his long-term future to his hometown club.
"I'm very happy to extending my time here and am excited to see what that future holds," he said.
"As a Perth boy, playing for Glory really means a lot to me and I appreciate all the support that the members and fans have given me since I arrived."

CEO Peter Filopoulos is understandably delighted that three of the club's defensive mainstays have been locked in for another year.
"Liam, Alex and Shane have been key figures for us in recent seasons and we were therefore very keen to secure their services once again," he said.
"As well as being among the league's best performers in their respective positions, they are great characters and exactly the kind of people we need around the place as we look to drive the club forward.
"I'm sure they'll each make a significant contribution to what we are all confident will be a better season next year.
"We'll be making further player announcements in the very near future."

CEO's departure confirmed

CEO's departure confirmed

Perth Glory FC

Perth Glory can confirm that CEO Peter Filopoulos is set to leave the club next month.
He is departing to take up the role of CEO at Football Federation Victoria.
Filopoulos joined Glory in 2015 and has subsequently played a key role in the club’s development, notably in the financial, membership, sponsorship and academy sectors.
He is now set to return to his native Melbourne, but admitted that the decision to part company with Glory was a tough one.

“It was with heavy heart that I tendered my resignation as CEO of Perth Glory Football Club on Sunday when I met with Chairman and Owner, Tony Sage,” he said.
“This decision was not an easy one for my family, however, we have decided that after three wonderful seasons, it’s time to return home to Melbourne.
“I have been privileged to work with some amazing and dedicated people at the club and am very appreciative of the support that I have received from Tony, the staff, volunteers, players, coaches, 9,368 members, fans and sponsors.
“I would like to thank Tony and his family for giving me the opportunity to lead the Hyundai A-League’s oldest club and wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”

Tony Sage, meanwhile, was quick to acknowledge the impact made by the departing CEO.

“Peter has been a significant figure in the off-field progress made by the club in the last three years,” he said.
“His hard work and dedication have been much appreciated by everyone associated with Glory.
“I am very happy that he can now re-join his family who moved back to Melbourne several months ago. "That sacrifice showed his dedication to the club.
“On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank Peter for his endeavours and wish him and his family all the very best for the future."

More news from the West - Lowe leaves Head Coach role

Perth Glory

Perth Glory FC wishes to confirm that following a comprehensive internal review, the club has decided to move in a new direction and as part of that, Kenny Lowe will step away from his role as Head Coach with immediate effect.

Kenny will instead take up a new position as Technical Director of our newly FFA-accredited 2-Star Academy.

With more than a decade of experience in youth development and having played a major role in nurturing some of WA’s finest young talent, the club believes that Kenny will add huge value and be a perfect fit for the Academy position.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Kenny for his four-and-a-half years of superb service to the club, during which time he led the team to two FFA Cup Finals and two appearances in the Hyundai A-League Finals.

The club is delighted to have retained his services as it moves forward.

The process of recruiting a new Head Coach, meanwhile, will commence immediately.

Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos was quick to pay tribute to Lowe when he fronted the media on Friday morning.

“I’d like to personally thank Kenny for everything that he has done for this club during his tenure as Head Coach,’ he said.

“This was not an easy decision to make, but unfortunately we felt that his coaching journey had come to an end, at least in terms of our Hyundai A-League team.

“But as a club, we did not want to lose someone with Kenny’s experience, knowledge, drive and integrity and are therefore delighted that he has agreed to head up our PGFC Academy as its Technical Director.

“The Academy is a key part of the club’s future and with someone of Kenny’s quality at the helm, I know that it will go from strength to strength and continue to produce exciting young players capable of starring for Glory, the Socceroos and elite clubs overseas.”

Perth Glory trio depart

Perth Glory

Perth Glory can confirm that Joseph Mills, Andreu Guerao and Jeremy Walker have all departed the club.

Defender Mills spent two seasons in the West, chalking up a total of 44 appearances and scoring one goal.

Spanish midfielder Andreu, meanwhile, was recruited for the 2017-18 campaign, during which he made 13 starts and was introduced from the bench on a further four occasions.

Walker was also brought in last year, initially on a short-term injury-replacement contract which was later extended to the end of the season.

The former Melbourne Heart full-back made the first of his 13 starts for the club against Newcastle in Round 2.

"On behalf of everyone at the club, I'd like to thank the three players for their efforts and wish them all the very best for the future," said Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos.

Chianese at the double as Glory sink Mariners

Joel Chianese bagged a double and Xavi Torres curled home a sublime free-kick as Glory enhanced their finals prospects with a convincing 3-1 win over Central Coast Mariners at nib Stadium.

Chianese at the double as Glory sink Mariners

The hosts hit the front after 29 minutes when Chianese nodded home a Neil Kiklenny corner and the former Sydney FC man doubled the hosts' advantage on the hour-mark, firing into an empty net after Andy Keogh's initial effort had rebounded off the post.

A stunning strike from Andrew Hoole then gave the visitors a flicker of hope, but Torres' late set-piece strike sealed the deal for Glory.

The result sees Kenny Lowe's men climb to seventh place on the ladder and to within three points of Adelaide United who now occupy the last finals spot.

On a windswept night in Perth, Glory began brightly and only the post prevented Torres from putting his side in front in the seventh minute after the Spaniard had risen highest to meet a Scott Neville cross.

Kilkenny then saw his 20-yard strike saved by Mariners' 'keeper Ben Kennedy, but the midfielder claimed an assist moments later as his corner flew right across the box to the unmarked Chianese who nodded home at the far post.

Glory continued to press after the break, with Torres seeing a goalbound effort blocked by Storm Roux and the ubiquitous Kilkenny forcing Antony Golec into a goal-line clearance with a crossed free-kick that threatened to creep in at the far post.

The home side duly doubled their advantage 15 minutes into the second stanza, with the goal owing much to skipper Keogh.

The Irishman produced a superb turn in the box to lose his marker before rifling in a shot which beat Kennedy, struck the base of the post and rebounded across the face of goal where Chianese was on hand to sweep the loose ball into an unguarded net.

Glory's march to victory was briefly interrupted on 72 minutes when Hoole took advantage of a pocket of space on the edge of the box to beat Nick Feely with a stunning curler.

Moments later, substitute Chris Harold thought he had made it 3-1 with a magnificent diving header only to see his effort ruled out by the VAR for what was adjudged to have been a foul by Keogh on Golec in the build up.

But any doubts that the three points would be staying in the west were dispelled when Liam Rose brought Keogh down on the edge of the box and Torres beat Kennedy all ends up with the resulting free-kick to claim his second goal in as many games.

The Central Coast 'keeper then produced a fine save to prevent substitute Brandon Wilson from adding a fourth as Glory continued their dominance right up to the final whistle.

With a blank weekend coming up, the next action for the men in purple is scheduled for Sunday March 25th when Melbourne Victory will be the visitors to nib Stadium.

Match Details

Hyundai A-League Round 22

Perth Glory 3 (Chianese 29', 60', Torres 89') Central Coast Mariners 1 (Hoole 72')

Half time: 1-0

Referee: Kurt Ams

nib Stadium, Perth

Attendance: 7,277

Perth Glory: 13.Nick FEELY (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.Xavi TORRES, 9.Andy KEOGH (c), 16.Joseph MILLS, 18.Andreu GUERAO (15.Brandon WILSON 53'), 23.Scott NEVILLE, 26.Jacob ITALIANO (14.Chris HAROLD 66'), 66.Dino DJULBIC, 88.Neil KILKENNY

Substitutes not used: 4.Shane LOWRY, 22.Adam TAGGART, 40.Jackson LEE (gk),

Yellow cards: Chianese, Torres

Red cards: None

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 10.Daniel De SILVA,12.Trent BUHAGIAR (8.Blake POWELL 66'), 15.Alan BARO (c) (16.Liam ROSE 82'), 22.Jacob MELLING, 23.Wout BRAMA, 27.Petros SKAPETIS (11.Connor PAIN 66')

Substitutes not used: 18.Tom GLOVER (gk), 19.Jacob POSCOLIERO

Yellow cards: Melling, Rose

Red cards: None