In-form attacker extends Glory stay

Joel Chianese

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Joel Chianese has re-signed with the club.

The 29-year-old has been in superb form this season, featuring in 20 of the club’s Hyundai A-League games, scoring four goals and contributing three assists.

The versatile forward originally joined Glory in 2016 and is relishing the prospect of spending another season here in the West.

“I’m really excited to be staying on board with a club I’ve warmed to year after year in a fantastic city,” he said.

“I have learned so much working under [Head Coach] Tony Popovic and the coaching staff this year and with the great players we’ve got together.

“I have grown a lot as a player and am probably in the best form of my career, so when the opportunity came up to stay on board, I had to jump at it.

“With this squad I think we can achieve a lot as a group.”

Glory Football Director Jacob Burns was quick to acknowledge the quality of Chianese’s performances this term.

“Joel is having a fantastic season,” he said.

“He has taken his game to another level with his performances, contribution and the threat that he poses with his pace.

“He has established himself as a regular amidst stiff competition and really matured as a player under the detailed guidance and structure provided by Tony Popovic and the coaching staff.”

Glory CEO Tony Pignata has been similarly impressed by the role the former Sydney FC man has played in the club’s on-field resurgence this year.

“Joel is realising his full potential and has been a key figure for us,” he said.

“We look forward to him continuing to help drive the team forward this year and playing an important role in achieving the sustained success that we are targeting in the future.”


Record scorer re-signs for Perth Glory

 Andy Keogh

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Andy Keogh has re-signed with the club.

The Irish striker is Glory’s all-time Hyundai A-League top scorer with 52 goals, 12 of which have come this season and he has made a total 115 A-League appearances in purple.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Millwall man, who first joined Glory in 2014, is thrilled to have pledged his future to the club for another year.

“I’m delighted to have extended,” he said.

“I never had any thoughts about leaving Glory and it’s fantastic to be a part of this team and what is an exciting time for the club.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to score goals and hopefully helping the club to secure some silverware.”

Perth Glory Football Director Jacob Burns, meanwhile, believes that Keogh has a major part to play in Glory’s future.

“Andy’s goalscoring record speaks for itself,” he said, “and he is rightly regarded as one of the very best strikers in the competition.

“Proven goalscorers are a rare commodity, so it’s no surprise that plenty of other clubs were competing for his signature.

“His goalscoring form this year has been outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue that over the next year as part of what we are confident will be a strong and successful Glory side.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Glory CEO Tony Pignata.

“Andy has been an important part of the foundations that have been put in place here,” he said.

“His re-signing is a key component in our aim to achieve success not only this season, but on a consistent basis in the future.”

New date set for Adelaide United away game

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New date set for Adelaide away game

The club wishes to advise that the date for its Round 22 game against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium has been changed by FFA following consultation with clubs, broadcast, commercial partners and other stakeholders.

The fixture, that was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday 17 March, will instead now take place on Friday 15 March with kick off at 7.20pm local time, 4.50pm WST.

The changes made to the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season draw are aimed to assist Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC with their respective 2019 AFC Champions League campaigns.

Should the Newcastle Jets qualify for the group stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League, further changes to the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season draw may be made.

FFA Head of Leagues, Greg O’Rourke, said FFA was strongly committed to assisting the Hyundai A-League clubs that qualify for the AFC Champions League.

“It is in all of our interests to see Australian clubs perform at their best in Asia’s premier club competition, the AFC Champions League,” said O’Rourke.

“As we have done in previous years, we have built flexibility into the Hyundai A-League season draw to give the players the best opportunity to achieve success in both competitions by considering the rest period between their respective matches.

“We have therefore focused on providing at least one additional days rest between certain matches where the Australian clubs are either travelling to or from Asia, while ensuring the general integrity and commercial interests of the Hyundai A-League competition are not compromised.

“This process requires many stakeholders to make changes to their original plans and we thank them for their support in making these fixtures possible,” concluded O’Rourke


Glory to face Manchester United in prestige friendly at Optus Stadium

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Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that it will face Manchester United in a prestige friendly at Optus Stadium on Saturday July 13 2019.

The clash with the world's biggest club is set to be one of the greatest sporting events ever held in WA.

The Red Devils, who have a global fan base of over 650 million, have won the UEFA Champions League three times, the English league title on 20 occasions and have also claimed 12 FA Cups.

Their friendly with Glory is poised to break the record attendance for a football match in WA which was set when Tony Popovic's side took on Chelsea, also at Optus Stadium, earlier this year.

WA Premier Mark McGowan, Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia and Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray were joined by Manchester United legend Ronnie Johnsen, former Leeds United striker Michael Bridges and Glory's Football Director Jacob Burns for a press conference at Optus Stadium to confirm the Glory - United clash, along with the fact that United will also be playing old rivals Leeds United at the same venue three days later.

It was further revealed that United will be staying in Perth for ten days, something Glory Owner and Chairman Tony Sage believes is particularly significant.

"I'm super-excited that Manchester United are coming and it represents a massive coup for Perth Glory," he said.

"It is fantastic news for our club, but also for the wider football community in WA given the amount of time that the world's biggest football club will be spending here in Perth.

"It promises to be an unforgettable period for our football community and I can't wait."

Ticket details for the United game will be forthcoming shortly, with Glory members set to be granted access to an exclusive pre-sale period.

Castro confirmed as Glory skipper

Castro confirmed as Glory skipper

Glory skipper  Diego Castro

Diego Castro has been confirmed as Glory’s club captain for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season.

The Spaniard will be supported by a three-man leadership group composed of Andy Keogh, Shane Lowry and Liam Reddy.

The announcement was made at Wednesday’s Glory in Business Lunch where Castro confirmed that he is thrilled to have been awarded the armband.

“It’s a big honour and a responsibility at the same time,” he said, “but I’m taking that responsibility with all the support of my teammates and the coaching staff.

“It’s a positive thing in my career and I’m ready for the new challenge.

“I’ve been a captain before a couple of times in my career and this will be an experience that will help me grow and develop.”

When asked about his leadership style, meanwhile, the former Johnny Warren Medal winner insisted that not much will change.

“I don’t think I’ll be too different to the way I’ve been before,” he said.

“I’ve always tried to lead by example and suggest advice to the younger players.

“We have lots of experienced players and staff who can help with this.

“In football, it’s easy to communicate. It is simple to get my message across to the other players.

“Maybe talking to the media is a tough one because it’s not as easy to express myself as well in English as I do in Spanish, but I will do my best.

"I think we will do our talking on the field this year.”

Glory Head Coach Tony Popovic is adamant that the man who joined Glory in 2015 is well qualified to lead the side.

“Diego was a natural choice,” he said.

"During the three seasons that he has spent here at Perth Glory, he has been a leader on and off the field.

"We are fortunate to have a strong leadership group in the squad which will be a great benefit for us throughout the exciting journey that lies ahead."