Santalab adds firepower to Glory

Perth Glory is pleased to announce the signing of Brendon Santalab.

Brendon Santalab

The highly experienced striker has joined the club on a one-year deal and will link up with Tony Popovic yet again after working together at Western Sydney Wanderers.

The diminutive forward heads to Perth following a five-year spell with the Wanderers where he scored 34 times in 94 appearances.

Santalab began his career in the old NSL with Paramatta Power in 2000 and went on to enjoy time with Sydney United before being signed by Singaporean heavyweights Geylang United in 2003.

Following a prolific season for Geylang, where he netted 23 goals in 22 games, Santalab returned to Sydney United before spending three years in Europe with Oostende, Sint-Truiden and Újpest FC (loan) in the Belgian top flight.

Santalab would return home to Australia with Sydney FC where he made 23 appearances between 2007-09 before jetting off to China. The Australian striker went on to represent Chengdu Blades and Chongqing Lifan in the Chinese Super League and score 33 goals in the top division.

Tony Popovic then signed the Wollongong-born player to Western Sydney in 2013 where he would go on to forge a reputation as one of the Hyundai A-League’s most clutch goalscorers, while also playing a vital role in the side’s Asian Champions League title in 2014, including a memorable late equaliser against Sanfrecce Hiroshima to send them into the Quarter-Finals. Santalab also received the club’s Player of the Year award for his outstanding 2016-17 campaign and is the current all-time top-scorer for the Wanderers.

“I’m very excited to join Perth Glory Football club,” Santalab said. “The opportunity to work under Tony Popovic again was an opportunity too good to miss.”

“I’m looking forward to joining a team with so many fantastic players and meeting the clubs fans.”

Football Director Jacob Burns believes Santalab is another great addition to the squad and will bring a lot of quality to the side.

“Brendon is a player that brings invaluable experience, a winning mentality and a hunger for success,” Burns explained. “He is a fantastic professional that will assist many of the young talented players we have at the club.”

Mrcela added to Glory's defensive line

Perth Glory is delighted to announce the signing of Tomislav Mrcela.

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The Perth-born 195cm centre-back has put pen to paper on a two-year-deal after receiving interest from a number of clubs.

Mrcela is another very experienced defender added to the squad following his move from South Korean top flight side Jeonnam Dragons, where he made 49 appearances.

The 27-year-old made the move to Croatia with his family in 1996 before joining the RNK Split Academy side in 2001.

The West Australian would go on to spend eight years in Split, where he would gain invaluable experience as a youth team captain, before making the transition to First Team football in the Croatian lower leagues.

Following a season each at Imotski (loan), Mosor, Hrvatski Dragovoljac and two seasons with Zagreb-based side Lokomotiva, where he gained Europa League experience, Mrcela then decided it was time for a change in 2016 as he signed for K-League outfit Jeonnam Dragons.

Mrcela has been a regular fixture in the heart of the defence for the Drgaons since 2016 with his physical presence and aerial prowess proving a great asset for the side.

On the international front, Mrcela has been on the cusp of a Socceroos debut since gaining his first call-up to the squad in 2015 by Ange Postecoglou.

Mrcela insists he's excited to be back in Perth and was quick to emphasise the influence of Tony Popovic in bringing him to the club.

"I'm a defender and Popovic was a World Class defender in his day. He was in the Socceroos and in the Premier League, so I can learn a lot from him," he said.

"Popovic is a winner, we all know that, and I want to win things for this club and that's why I'm here, for that challenge.

"I can't wait to play in front of my friends and family here, hopefully there will be a few members added to the club now."

Newly appointed Assistant Coach Hayden Foxe is extremely pleased to have secured Mrcela’s services insisting his best years are ahead of him.

“We’ve signed him at the prime time of his career,” Foxe said.

“He’s a fantastic professional who works extremely hard and is greatly experienced having played in Europe for over a decade."

Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata echoed Foxe's thoughts.

"The club is really excited to have Tomislav here as we being our new direction. We can't wait to see him in Glory colours next season," Pignata said.

Further player announcements are expected in the very near future.

Foxe returns to Perth Glory as Assistant Coach

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Perth Glory is pleased to announce the signing of Hayden Foxe as Assistant Coach.

The experienced coach has joined Glory after signing on a three-year contract and will join Tony Popovic’s coaching staff alongside fellow former Socceroo Richard Garcia.

Foxe is a former centre-back who enjoyed time with current and former Premier League stalwarts including West Ham, Leeds United and Portsmouth during the early to mid 2000’s after learning his trade at the world-famous Ajax Amsterdam Academy setup.

The towering defender, best known for his professionalism and leadership, enjoyed a stellar club and international career spanning 14 years and included promotion to England’s top flight with Pompey in 2003 and 11 caps for the Socceroos.

Foxe was also a key figure for Australia during the 2000 Sydney Olympic games.

The Sydney-born coach returned to Australia in 2007 spending two seasons with Perth Glory before heading home to Sydney FC in 2010 where he went on to win the Hyundai A-League double in his one and only season with the Sky Blues.

Following his stint with Sydney, Foxe announced his retirement at the end of the 2010-2011 season and made the transition into coaching a year later as a Youth coach for the now defunct Melbourne Heart franchise. His quality was clear from the outset as he was promoted to Assistant Coach of the senior Heart side in 2013.

Foxe then linked up with Socceroos teammate Tony Popovic at Western Sydney in 2015 taking an Assistant role. In 2017 he took over as caretaker manager where he was undefeated in his five games in charge.

“It’s a really exciting project,” Foxe said. “We have a great squad and fantastic support from everyone at the club.”

“I’ve come back to Perth to continue to work with Tony Popovic. I’ve worked with him for three years, he has a winning mentality, he wants to win things and that’s something we share.”

“I want to win, I want us to be successful. Mediocracy is something I don’t want to accept. The plan is to pass that winning mentality and culture across the club on and off the pitch.”

“We’ll all be looking to fulfil the potential that this great football club has."

Further announcements, including player announcements are expected in the very near future.

Three-time A-League Champion joins Perth Glory

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Three-time A-League Champion joins Glory

Perth Glory is delighted to announce the signing of Socceroo Ivan Franjic.

The club saw off plenty of competition to secure the signature of the versatile defender, who has penned a two-year deal.

Franjic is a hugely experienced player, having made 20 appearances for Australia, including in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as well as the 2015 Asian Cup where he collected a winners' medal after Ange Postecoglou’s side defeated South Korea in the Final.

At club level, Franjic was an integral member of the record-breaking Brisbane Roar side that claimed back-to-back Hyundai A-League Championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12, while also taking out the title in 2013-14 and Premiership in 2010-11 and 2013-14.

His performances throughout his 115 appearances with Roar earned him a move to Europe, where he signed for Russian Premier League outfit Torpedo Moscow.

The Melbourne-born player, who is comfortable on either side of the defence, returned to the Hyundai A-League in 2015 with Melbourne City and was named in the PFA A-League Team of the Decade that year.

Following his stint with City, Franjic signed with Roar for the most recent campaign where he scored twice in 16 games as he helped John Aloisi’s side reach the finals.

The 30-year-old can't wait to get going in Perth and said "I'm truly excited for the new challenge."

"I'd be lying if I didn't say my goal was to win silverware for this club," Franjic stated. "I believe that with Popovic and the players already signed that we can win the whole thing."

"I'll bring experience to the defence and I'm always a team player. I think with a full pre-season people will see the best of me here at Perth."

Franjic noted that Tony Popovic played a key role in the deal after a very encouraging call.

"The Gaffer made me feel really welcome and explained to me the challenges ahead and it's something I'm looking forward to. I'm always looking to better myself and I think he can help a lot in that regard, so working with him will be something special for me."

Further player announcements are expected in the very near future.

Lowry claims QBE Most Glorious Player Award

Lowry claims QBE Most Glorious Player Award

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Defender Shane Lowry was named Perth Glory's 2017/18 QBE Most Glorious Player at the club's end-of-season awards event held at Crown Perth on Friday evening.

Glory's vice-captain topped the final points leaderboard ahead of Diego Castro and Alex Grant and in doing so, joined Michael Thwaite and Dino Djulbic as the third centre-back to claim the honour in the last five years.

On a memorable night for the 28-year-old, he also took out the Players' Player of the Year and Best Clubman awards.

The women's QBE Most Glorious Player Award, meanwhile, was won by the club's Westfield W-League skipper Sam Kerr who picked up another prize in the form of the Golden Boot having scored 13 times in nine games.

Adam Taggart collected the men's Golden Boot and saw his Round 27 effort against Brisbane Roar win Goal of the Year, Yagoub Mustafa was named Most Glorious Youth Player, Diego Castro won the Volunteers' Player of the Year Award and the long-serving Shannon May took out the Women's Coach's Award.

More than 400 people attended the event, including the club's newly-appointed CEO, Tony Pignata, while new Hyundai A-League Head Coach Tony Popovic sent a video message.

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