Celia deal sealed
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Perth Glory is delighted to announce that Spanish international Celia Jimenez Delgado (known as Celia) has joined the club for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season (subject to international clearance).
The 24-year-old will arrive in WA fresh from a successful US National Women's Soccer League season with Reign FC in which she made 13 appearances as the Seattle-based club reached the semi-finals.
Equally comfortable operating as a midfielder, wing-back or orthodox full-back, Celia represented Spain at both the 2015 and 2019 World Cup having been previously capped at Under-17 and Under-19 level.
2019 will mark her first appearance in the Westfield W-League and she is relishing the prospect of helping Glory to enjoy another successful campaign.
“I am excited to play in the W-League,” she said, “and I believe this is a great opportunity to keep growing as a player.
“Perth had a really good season last year and I'm excited at what we can achieve together this season.
“The Westfield W-League is a tough competition.
“I'm familiar with several of the players from the NWSL, but there is a lot of Australian domestic talent that I'm looking forward to getting familiar with as well.
“The move to Perth has been a long time coming and is something that I'm really excited to experience.
“I can't wait to meet the girls and get out on the pitch amongst the crowd.
“I hope we can achieve something really special together this season!”
Glory Westfield W-League Head Coach Bobby Despotovski is confident that the new recruit will make a big impact in the upcoming campaign.
“Celia is an exciting and versatile player with plenty of experience at the highest level,” he said.
“We’ll look to play her mainly on the left side of midfield and she is the kind of player whose presence will really help the aspiring young girls that we have in the squad this year.”
Further Westfield W-League signings will be announced in the very near future.
Glory swoop for American midfielder
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Perth Glory is delighted to announce that midfielder Morgan Andrews has joined the club for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season (subject to international clearance).
A former US Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 international, Andrews has spent the last three seasons playing in the US National Women’s Soccer League, most recently with Reign FC where she was a teammate of fellow-new Glory recruit, Celia.
The 24-year-old, who hails originally from New Hampshire, also enjoyed a stellar collegiate career during which she represented both Notre Dame and the University of Southern California before making her NWSL debut with Boston Breakers in 2017.
Andrews’ move to Glory represents her first experience of playing overseas and she cannot wait for the new Westfield W-League campaign to get underway.
“I am beyond excited to be playing for Perth Glory and I look forward to competing for a championship alongside the players, staff, and fans,” she said.
“I look forward to challenging myself to be better as a player and person and to help guide the team back to the championship game (Grand Final).
“The team is an accomplished squad and I hope to play an attractive and aggressive game, day in and day out.”
Glory Head Coach Bobby Despotovski believes that Andrews’ skill-set makes her a perfect fit for his side.
“Morgan is a very talented defensive midfielder who also likes to push on and shoot and create things in the final third,” he said.
“She’s very tough and very energetic and I’m sure she’ll be a major player for us this year.”
Further Westfield W-League player announcements are expected in the coming days.