Defensive duo snapped up

Defensive duo snapped up

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Natasha Rigby and Grace Henry have signed with the club for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.

Full-back Rigby, who hails from Margaret River, is on board for her third campaign having debuted for Glory in 2016 and subsequently chalked up 24 appearances.

23-year-old Henry, meanwhile, started her career with Adelaide United for whom she played 11 games over the course of two seasons ahead of a switch to Western Sydney Wanderers where she featured on ten occasions during the 2014/15 campaign.

With the new Westfield W-League season now just a fortnight away, both players are raring to go.

“I’m really excited,” said Rigby. “We’ve got a good squad this year with a great mix of youth, experience and quality imports and I’m confident we’ll go well.”

Henry, meanwhile, is especially keen to get back into action having taken a break from the competition for the past two years.

“The break has definitely increased my excitement levels,” she said. “It’s great to be back, great to be a part of this strong Glory squad and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Head Coach Bobby Despotovski believes that Rigby and Henry are both key recruits.

“Tash is a great success story,” he said. 

“She’s a local WA girl who grabbed her opportunity when it came along and hasn’t looked back since.

“A fantastic, positive character who is always working really hard to improve, she’s established herself in the starting eleven over the last couple of years and will be looking to build on that this season.

“Grace came over to WA for work reasons, joined us at training and really impressed.

“She’s brings Westfield W-League experience, is very versatile in that she can play at left-back, right-back or in midfield, has great skills and reads the game really well.”

Further signing announcements are expected in the very near future.

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Perth Glory W-League Fans' favorite back on board

Fans' favourite back on board

Nikki Stanton

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Nikki Stanton has re-signed with the club for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.

One of Glory’s best-loved overseas recruits, Stanton is poised for a fourth season in purple having debuted for the club back in 2015.

The 27-year-old is thrilled to be returning and is hoping for better luck with Glory this year after her 2017/18 campaign was severely disrupted by the broken arm she suffered during the Round 2 win at Brisbane.

"I'm extremely excited to be back," she said. "Perth has turned into a home away from home for me.

"I've fallen in love with the city, the club and the girls and I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season and hopefully getting a championship title.

"Avoiding any more freak injuries would also be nice!"

The midfielder began her career in her native Washington State with Seattle Sounders and then spent three highly-successful seasons at Sky Blue FC.

She duly signed for Chicago Red Stars earlier this year, went on to make 16 starts as the Illinois side finished fourth at the end of the regular season and was also the joint-winner of the club’s Iron Woman of Character award.

Renowned for her consistency and tenacity, Head Coach Bobby Despotovski is expecting Stanton to reinforce her reputation as one of the W-League's most influential players.

"Nikki started at the club at the same time I did," he said, "and she's been great for us.

"She knows the league, she brings stability into the centre of midfield and I'm confident that she'll perform once again to the high standards that she has set over the last few years."

Further major signing announcements are expected in the very near future.

The new W-League season gets underway on Sunday 28 October, with Glory's first home game on Saturday 17 November.

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Perth Glory star midfielder returns W-League

Star midfielder returns

Alyssa Mautz

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Alyssa Mautz has signed with the club for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.

The dynamic midfielder is no stranger to Glory fans having made 14 appearances in purple during the 2016-17 campaign.

The 29-year-old impressed in the W-League for Adelaide United last year, scoring twice in 12 games, but is now really looking forward to returning to the West for what will be her third season in the competition. 

"I'm so excited to be back at Perth playing for Perth Glory," she said.

"It'll be fun to be back with such great girls. I hope we can make it back to the Grand Final this year which I’m pretty confident we can do given how much I’ve heard about the girls' improvement over the last year.

"I can’t wait to get the season started!"

Originally from Missouri, it was her eye-catching performances for Texas A&M University that brought Mautz to the attentions of Sky Blue FC for whom she signed in 2011.

A move to Chicago Red Stars followed and the US Under-20 international has since gone on to become a club legend, chalking up more than 100 NWSL appearances, 24 of which came last season.

Her stellar performances in 2018 saw her named joint-winner of the Red Stars’ Iron Woman of Character award and Glory Head Coach Bobby Despotovski is confident that she will continue that rich vein of form in the W-League.

"Alyssa knows exactly what the league is all about and also knows many of her teammates from her previous spell with us," he said.

"She's a workaholic midfielder with great energy who is good in the air and we know she'll do a great job for us."

Further major singing announcements are expected in the very near future.

The new W-League season gets underway on Sunday 28 October, with Glory's first home game on Saturday 17 November.

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Glory's 2018/19 Hyundai A-League fixtures released

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Glory's 2018/19 Hyundai A-League fixtures released

The 2018/19 Hyundai A-League fixtures have been released and there is plenty for Perth Glory members and fans to look forward to during what promises to be a fascinating campaign.

The adoption of FIFA international windows and Asian Champions League breaks means a slightly later start and finish than in previous years and Glory have been handed an absolute cracker first up in the form of a Round One home clash with Western Sydney Wanderers.

New Head Coach Tony Popovic and assistant Hayden Foxe do, of course, head up a substantial ex-Wanderers contingent here in the West which also includes the likes of Matt Spiranovic, Brendon Santalab, Liam Reddy and Scott Neville.

Following that intriguing showdown, Popovic's side face an away trip to reigning champions Melbourne Victory and a home fixture against Brisbane, with an away game at Adelaide rounding things off ahead of the first FIFA break.

November is completed by a visit to nib Stadium from the Mariners and then it's full steam ahead into a five-game December.

Melbourne City and Sydney FC will both be in Perth before Christmas, with those games split by Glory's only trip of the season across the Tasman to face Wellington and a shorter journey to the club's happiest away hunting ground, Newcastle.

Glory will finish 2018 in Gosford taking on Central Coast, before embarking upon a remarkable run of five home games in the space of just 25 days.

Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Adelaide United, Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix will all feature at nib Stadium between January 9th and February 2nd.

Highlights of the final third of the campaign, meanwhile, include two more trips to Melbourne to face Victory (February 10th) and City (March 3rd), a meeting with Sydney FC in the unfamiliar surroundings of the SCG (due to the redevelopment of Allianz Stadium) and a home fixture against Wellington to round out the regular season.

14 of the club's games this term are at home, five of which kick off at 7pm on a Saturday, while we also have six Sunday fixtures, four of which have 5pm starts.

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Glory swoop for Portuguese winger

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Perth Glory is delighted to announce that Portuguese winger/attacking midfielder Fabio Ferreira has signed a one-year deal with the club.

Ferreira was on the books of both Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea as a teenager, during which time he represented Portugal at every level from Under-16 through to Under-19.

The skilful and versatile attacking midfielder first came to the attention of Hyundai A-League followers when he debuted for Adelaide United in 2012.

He went on to make 51 league appearances for the Reds across three seasons, scoring 13 goals in the process and coming off the bench against Glory in the 2014 FFA Cup Final.

The 29-year-old boasted a similarly impressive record at his next club, Central Coast Mariners, for whom he found the net 15 times in 55 games.

After a spell in Malaysia with PKNS FC, he returned to Australia last season where he signed a short-term deal with Sydney FC and featured five times as the Sky Blues won the Premiership.

Having impressed during a recent trial period with Glory, he is delighted to have earned a deal here in the West.

“Tony [Popovic] asked me to come here for two weeks and he’s decided to keep me, so I’ve signed a contract for the season,” he said.

“Everything has gone well and I’m very pleased to have signed.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but that’s the way it has to be. You have to work hard if you want to win.

“I’ve scored a few goals and played quite well against Glory in the past and now I want to play well against every other team!

“It’s looking very promising here. The players are training well and looking in great shape.”

Glory Football Director Jacob Burns, meanwhile, feels that Ferreira's arrival will significantly bolster the club's attacking options.

"Fabio is an experienced and skilful player who knows the league," he said.

"He can play anywhere across the front third which means the manager is going to have some great selection headaches in that area this year."

Further player announcements are expected in the very near future.