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Glory snap up Malik

Osama Malik

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Osama Malik has signed a three-year deal with the club.

The versatile 28-year-old, who can operate as a central defender, full-back and holding midfielder, has enjoyed previous spells in the Hyundai A-League with Adelaide United, North Queensland Fury and most recently, Melbourne City.

The former Australia Under-20 international added some overseas experience to his resume earlier this year via a spell with Saudi Arabian club Al-Batin, but when the opportunity arose to return to Australia and join Glory, he was quick to take it.

“Perth Glory were the benchmark of the competition last year and there is a very talented squad here,” he said.

“For me, Tony Popovic is the best manager in the country and someone that I’ve wanted to work under for a while, so I’m very happy to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

Football Director Jacob Burns revealed that Glory beat off stiff competition from a host of Australian and overseas clubs to secure Malik’s signature and he is confident that the man from Adelaide will prove to be a key acquisition.

“Osama is a player that we have admired and tracked for some time and we are thrilled to now have him on board,” he said.

“He’s a ball-playing defender who can operate anywhere across the backline or in a defensive midfield role and he also brings plenty of experience.

“As well as being a proven performer in the A-League, he also has experience of the Asian Champions League which will prove invaluable when we make our bow in that competition next year.”

Glory CEO Tony Pignata regards Malik’s arrival as a further clear indication of the club’s commitment to building upon last season’s Premiership triumph.

“Osama is another quality addition to the squad which we are confident will compete very effectively at a domestic and continental level in 2019/20.” he said.

“We are working extremely hard to improve in every area and secure sustained success for the club.”


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Glory swoop for versatile Korean

Soo-beom Kim

Perth Glory can confirm that Korean defender Soo-beom Kim has joined the club on a one-year deal.

The 28-year-old has spent almost his entire career to date playing in Korea’s top-flight K-League where he chalked up more than 100 appearances for Gwangju FC and Jeju United, while also representing the latter in the Asian Champions League.

Kim, who is equally comfortable operating on the left or right-hand side of defence, or as a wide midfielder, is excited by the challenge of playing overseas for the first time and cannot wait for the new season to get underway.

“Perth Glory had a great season last year and I heard many good things about the coach, the players and the city as well,” he said.

“I can already feel that there is a very bright and positive atmosphere within the squad and a winning mentality.

“I am really looking forward to being a part of this squad this year.”

Club Football Director Jacob Burns believes that the new recruit’s skill-set, experience and versatility make him a perfect fit for the Glory squad.

“Kim has a proven track record for performing consistently well in the K-League which is among the very best competitions in Asia in terms of its overall standard,” he said.

“He is genuinely two-footed, a reliable and disciplined defender and a player who also provides a genuine attacking threat with his delivery from wide areas.

“His Asian Champions League experience will also be important when we embark upon our first campaign in that competition next year and we are confident that he will be a key performer for us this season.”

Glory CEO Tony Pignata is delighted by the capture of the club’s first ever Korean player.

“With exciting Hyundai A-League and AFC Champions League campaigns ahead of us, we are continuing to strengthen our squad,” he said.

“The signing of Kim is another clear indication of our commitment to building upon last season’s success.”

Kim is set to wear the number 12 shirt.

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Glory snap up young defender

Perth Glory defender Jacob Tratt

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that defender Jacob Tratt has signed a one-year contract with the club.

The 24-year-old spent much of last season with Sydney FC after joining them on an injury-replacement contract and he featured on nine occasions for the Sky Blues.

Originally from Dubbo in New South Wales, he skippered Sydney FC to the Foxtel Y-League title in 2014 during his first stint with the club, while his maiden Hyundai A-League experience came with Wellington Phoenix for whom he made 20 starts during the 2016-17 campaign.

Tratt, who stands 1.90m tall and can operate equally effectively in the centre or on the right side of the defence, is relishing the prospect of getting the Glory chapter of his career underway.

“I want to challenge and push myself again,” he said.

“I feel that I will grow as a player working with (Head Coach) Tony Popovic, learn a lot from him and achieve the goals that I have set myself.

“Even after just one training session, I can see why he gets the best out of his players and I’m really excited for this year.”

Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata is thrilled to have secured Tratt’s services.

“We beat off stiff competition from a number of other clubs to get Jacob on board,” he said.

“In addition to retaining the bulk of the squad that performed so well last season, our aim is to inject further quality and Jacob, along with Bruno Fornaroli, Dane Ingham and Nick D’Agostino certainly does that.”

Club Football Director Jacob Burns, meanwhile, feels that the new signing will increase what is already a very high level of competition for places within the Glory squad.

“Jacob is a talented young player who is hungry to succeed,” he said.

“He is a strong defender who is comfortable in possession and his arrival is another key component in our drive to secure sustained success.”

Further player announcements are expected in the near future.


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Glory swoop for exciting young duo

Perth Glory defender Dane Ingham and forward Nick D’Agostino

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that defender Dane Ingham and forward Nick D’Agostino have both signed two-year deals with the club.

The duo, who were teammates at Brisbane Roar, joined the rest of the Glory squad for pre-season training earlier this week.

A senior New Zealand international with seven caps to his name, 20-year-old Ingham is a versatile defender who can play on either the right or the left and made 19 appearances during his three seasons with Roar.

21-year-old D’Agostino, meanwhile, is a similarly versatile player who can operate anywhere across the forward line and in addition to 35 A-League games for Brisbane, has also represented Australia at both Under-17 and Under-23 level.

Both new signings are excited at the prospect of helping Glory build upon last season’s Premiership success.

“After such a good year, it’s clear that the club is moving in an upwards direction,” said Ingham.

“That made my decision really easy when I found out that the club was keen to bring me over.

“Hopefully I can start as many games as possible and add some depth to the squad.”

“I’m very excited and have come here to improve as a footballer,” said D’Agostino.

“Tony Popovic is a great manager who gets the best out of players, especially young players.

“He’s promised to get the best out of me and hopefully I can help the club go one step further and win the Grand Final this season.”

Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata believes that the double signing is another example of the club’s ambition to challenge for honours on a regular basis.

“Sustained success is only possible if the squad is improved year-in, year-out,” he said, “and we believe that the addition of Dane and Nick does exactly that.”

Football Director Jacob Burns, meanwhile, feels that the duo have the potential to make a big impact over the next two years.

“They are both young, talented, versatile players who already have some solid experience behind them and are hungry for success,” he said.

“Their ability and ambition make them a great fit for our squad and we are delighted to have them on board.”

Further player announcements are expected in the near future.

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Glory trio among big winners at Dolan Warren Awards

Chris Ikonomidis

Perth Glory trio Chris Ikonomidis, Tony Popovic and Sam Kerr have all received honours at this evening’s Dolan Warren Awards held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Ikonomidis marked his debut season in purple by claiming the Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, Popovic was crowned Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year for a second time and Kerr retained her Westfield W-League Nike Golden Boot Award.

The Johnny Warren Medal was won by Wellington’s Roy Krishna, but Glory players featured prominently in the race for the award, with Neil Kilkenny finishing second alongside Adelaide United’s Isaias and Diego Castro sharing fourth spot with Keisuke Honda of Melbourne Victory.

Christine Nairn of Melbourne Victory, meanwhile, claimed the Julie Dolan Medal, the Westfield W-League’s highest honour and Krishna added the Nike Golden Boot to his Johnny Warren Medal.

Other winners on the night included Ellie Carpenter of Canberra United (Westfield W-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year), Jeff Hopkins of Melbourne Victory (Westfield W-League Coach of the Year) and Western Sydney Wanderers’ Fabian Monge (Foxtel Y-League Player of the Year).

Glory’s strong representation among the winners was spearheaded by Ikonomidis who bagged nine goals in 18 starts, while Popovic guided the club to its maiden Hyundai A-League Premiership and second Grand Final appearance, setting a host of new records along the way.

Kerr also enjoyed yet another stellar campaign in which she found the net 13 times as Glory reached a third Westfield W-League Grand Final.

The judging panel for the Johnny Warren and Julie Dolan Medals included former professional players, referees, technical experts and members of the media for the Hyundai A-League regular season.

Panel members from each of the four groups were appointed to vote on a 3-2-1 basis on every match.

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