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Versatile Perkatis joins Glory squad

Yianni Perkatis - Perth Glory FC

Perth Glory is pleased to confirm that midfielder Yianni Perkatis has signed for the club.

The former Western Sydney Wanderers man has joined on a short-term deal which runs to the end of the current Hyundai A-League campaign.

The 26-year-old is a former Australia Under-17 and Under-20 representative who made eight Hyundai A-League appearances during two seasons at Wanderers under current Glory Head Coach, Tony Popovic.

Perkatis, who also enjoyed two successful spells at NPL NSW club Blacktown City, tried his luck overseas at Cypriot side Ethnikos Assia and in the Philippines with Global FC before returning to Australia in 2017 and linking up with Sydney United.

Glory Football Director Jacob Burns, himself a former Sydney United midfielder, believes that Perkatis is an excellent addition to the squad.

“Yianni has been a standout in the NPL NSW since returning from his time overseas,” he said.

“We do, of course, have strong links with Sydney United through both Head Coach Tony Popovic and myself and have been aware of Yianni’s impressive form for some time.

“He’s a talented, versatile midfielder who can play in the middle or at the back if required and he will add quality and depth to our squad during the busy period we have ahead.

“We’re confident that he will grab this opportunity with both hands and in doing so, press his claim to secure a longer-term deal with the club.”

Perkatis himself, meanwhile, is understandably relishing the prospect of returning to Hyundai A-League action.

“I was thrilled when Tony Popovic told me there was a potential opportunity for me to come and join the Glory squad,” he said.

“I’m now really excited and looking forward to coming into the squad and getting to know the other players.

“I’m aiming to develop as a player and as a person, help the club to win a trophy and explore any opportunities there might be with Perth going into next season.”

Like fellow-new recruit Thomas James, Perkatis will join up with the rest of the Glory squad upon their arrival in Sydney later today.

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Glory snap up Wollongong hot-shot

Thomas James - Perth Glory FC

Perth Glory is pleased to confirm that striker Thomas James has signed for the club.

The 27-year-old, who scored 24 goals for Wollongong Wolves in the NPL NSW last season en route to claiming the competition’s Golden Boot and Player of the Year Award, has put pen to paper on a deal that will run through to the end of the current campaign.

London-born James was a part of the youth system at Nottingham Forest and played for Boston United in the UK before moving to Australia in 2015 and duly scoring a remarkable 80 goals in 83 games for Canberra FC in the NPL Capital Football competition.

Having continued his prolific form in front of goal at Wollongong, James was linked with a number of Hyundai A-League clubs over the past 12 months and Glory Football Director Jacob Burns is delighted that the club have managed to secure the frontman’s services.

"Thomas is a player that we’ve been monitoring for some time," he said, "and we’ve given him this short-term deal with a view to it being extended should he impress when the season resumes.

"A quick and versatile central striker with a proven goalscoring record, we believe he has the ability to play at a higher level and look forward to seeing him prove that in the coming weeks.

"He will give us another exciting attacking option during what will be an intensive period with the games coming thick and fast."

James himself, meanwhile, is understandably relishing the opportunity to reignite his professional football ambitions with Glory.

"This was the solid offer that I was waiting for and from a top club like Perth Glory, it was impossible to knock back," he said.

"Now I just want to enjoy every minute, have no regrets and get on the field as much as I can because I know I’ll score a few goals, that’s for sure.

"I was actually in hospital when I found out about Glory’s interest because I’d just had a new-born baby boy, so I was super-excited about the birth of my child and about the opportunity to play for Perth."

Current Wollongong Head Coach and former Socceroo Luke Wilkshire is similarly confident that James has what it takes to make the step up from NPL level.

"He’s a goalscorer, he’s quick and creative and always a threat for defenders," he said.

"He’s always had that goalscoring ability, but he’s now brought more into his game off the ball as well, improved mentally and physically and I have no doubt that he’s good enough to be playing in the A-League."

James will join up with the rest of the Glory squad upon their arrival in Sydney.

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