Perth Glory Media Release: Kerr departure confirmed
Kerr departure confirmed
Perth Glory would like to confirm that Sam Kerr will not be returning to the club for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season.
The 26-year-old, who skippered the side to last season’s Grand Final and claimed the W-League Golden Boot for a second successive year, has opted to sign for English FA Women's Super League club, Chelsea.
Since debuting in 2008, the Fremantle local has played 71 W-League games in the famous purple and scored a remarkable 57 goals.
Glory Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata was quick to acknowledge the huge contribution made by Kerr to the club and wish her all the very best for the future.
“Sam has been an incredible player for Glory on the field and a superb ambassador off it,” he said.
“She has played a huge role in lifting the profile of women’s football to an unprecedented level both here in WA and across Australia.
“We hope that she may return to the club at some point in the future, but for now would like to thank her sincerely for all efforts and wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.
“I’m sure that everyone associated with Perth Glory will continue to follow Sam’s career closely and celebrate her remarkable achievements.”
Kerr herself, meanwhile, expressed her gratitude to Glory on Twitter.
"It's been amazing to represent my home town for so long and a huge honour to captain the club," she said.
"The support from Perth has always been unbelievable.
"Thank you to Tony Sage and his family for believing in me and the team.
"Bobby (Despotovski) has been a huge support to me and I will miss our friendship more than anything.
"To my Glory teammates, we share a special bond and I will miss you girls tremendously!"
Glory land versatile forward Thomas
Glory land versatile forward Thomas
Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that American striker Crystal Thomas has joined the club for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season (subject to international clearance).
The versatile 25-year-old made 13 appearances for Washington Spirit in the US National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) last season, scoring three goals as the D.C. side recorded a fifth-place finish.
Originally from Illinois, Thomas is a Georgetown University graduate who has previously tasted European football with Valur in Iceland and Medkila II in Norway.
And the former US Under-20 and Under-23 international cannot wait to make her Westfield W-League debut in the famous purple.
"I think this move to Perth Glory will allow me to play for a club that is dedicated to success," she said.
"The players, staff and fans are all committed and I am looking forward to playing with the team and for Head Coach Bobby Despotovski and interacting with our fans.
"I’m excited to work to score goals and help the team win; my objective is to help the team win in every way possible.
"I know other players that have competed for Perth Glory and they hold the club in high esteem.
"I am excited to follow in their footsteps as we compete this season.
"I’m extremely excited to join the team and get the season started!"
Despotovski, meanwhile, is confident that Thomas will help provide a cutting edge to his side's attack this year.
"Crystal is a forward who will really suit whichever system we play," he said.
"She can operate as a target and hold the ball up, or play off the shoulder and get in behind and is the kind of player who can help educate the younger players that we have in our squad this season."
Further player signing announcements will be made in the very near future.
Celia deal sealed
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
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.