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.
Young defender returns for more Glory
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Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Riley Warland has signed a two-year scholarship contract with the club.
The highly-rated 17-year-old returns for a second spell in purple having signed for then-English Premier League side Fulham in June 2018.
Prior to his switch to West London, the defender had progressed through Glory’s youth ranks after joining the club at the age of ten and while he took plenty of positives from his Fulham experience, he’s delighted to be home.
“It was a dream come true for me to go over to England,” he said, “and obviously the dream is not over just yet.
“But I think maybe I was just a bit too young. Family is such a massive thing for me and moving away from home and family at such a young age is a tough thing to wrap your head around.
“I think I gave it a good go, but it was great to get the opportunity to come back to my hometown club for a couple of years and it’s going to be another fantastic experience for me.”
Warland is particularly looking forward to working under Glory Head Coach Tony Popovic.
“He’s a great coach and being a central defender myself, it’s fantastic being able to learn from one of the best,” he said.
“I like the way he wants us to play and it’s going to be a great experience for me.”
Perth Glory Football Director Jacob Burns feels that Warland represents yet another success story for the club’s two-star Academy.
“Riley is a shining example of the club’s commitment to developing young, Western Australian talent,” he said.
“He is just one of many exciting youngsters that are in and around our senior squad and we look forward to seeing them all progress.
“Riley will have benefitted from his time at Fulham by growing both as a person and as a player.
“Now he has an opportunity to progress his career once again and I’m sure he’ll seize it with both hands.”
Djulbic re-signs with Perth Glory
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Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that defender Dino Djulbic has re-signed with the club on a one-year deal.
The vastly-experienced centre-back, who has clocked up more than 100 Hyundai A-League appearances in Glory colours during three stints in the West, was an influential figure in last season’s maiden Premiership triumph.
He has now fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during May’s Grand Final at Optus Stadium after working closely with the club’s medical staff throughout pre-season.
"It means a lot to re-sign for another season,” he said.
“It’s a very exciting time to be at Glory; we’ve got our first Asian Champions League campaign, which is a massive achievement for the club and I know the boys can’t wait to put their best foot forward in the competition.
“To win the Premiership last season was huge. It’s why we play and this is why I’m here; to make this club successful.
"With the boss [Tony Popovic] here, I know we can achieve more success and that’s why I wanted to continue to be a part of this club.
“There’s nothing better than playing in front of our home fans.
"When you’re playing at HBF Park and you’ve got the Glory fans in purple singing and chanting, it’s an amazing feeling and I can’t wait to experience that again this season.”
Perth Glory Football Director Jacob Burns believes that Djulbic's re-signing is an important one for the club both on and off the pitch.
“We’re really pleased to have signed someone of Dino’s character and experience,” he said.
“He’s been a fantastic and long-serving player at this club who has really endeared himself to the Glory faithful through the way he plays and his interaction with the members and fans.
“Dino’s worked extremely hard over with our medical staff to get himself fit and ready for the upcoming season after his heroics in the Grand Final.”
Those sentiments were shared by Perth Glory Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata.
“It’s great to have Dino at the club for another season after playing such a vital role in our Premiership win,” he said.
“He’s a cult hero for a reason; he puts his body on the line for the badge and I can’t wait for that to continue this season.”
Glory seal Socceroos signing
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Perth Glory is delighted to announce the signing of Socceroo James Meredith on a one-year deal.
The 31-year-old arrives in the West fresh from a stint with English Championship side Millwall, for whom he made 82 appearances between 2017 and 2019.
The left-sided defender, who was a member of the Socceroos 2018 World Cup squad in Russia, comes with a wealth of experience having played his entire professional career to date in the UK and Ireland.
After graduating through the Derby County Academy, he served a number of clubs with distinction including York City (131 appearances) and Bradford City (181 appearances).
"The boss [Tony Popovic] sold it to me," Meredith said. "I really liked the way he talked about his plans for the future of the club and when I looked at the squad list, I know it's a strong group of players."
"We're looking to become Champions. The club did so well to finish top last season, so we'll be aiming for that again and I can't wait to be a part of that campaign."
Glory fought off stiff competition from a host of Australian and overseas clubs to secure Meredith’s services and Football Director Jacob Burns labelled the signing as a major coup.
“This move speaks volumes,” he said. “The fact we’re attracting players of Meredith’s calibre is a testament to our growth as a club."
“With international experience to his name and having spent over a decade in the UK, we’ve signed a player of great pedigree at a prime time in his career.”
“This shows the endeavour of the club to build sustained success on the back of our Premiership-winning campaign. James is another high-quality signing ahead of a big season for us domestically and in the Asian Champions League.”
Perth Glory Chief Executive Tony Pignata, meanwhile, is similarly thrilled that Meredith is on board.
“This is another exciting signing for the club as we look to build on last season’s achievements,” Pignata said.
“We look forward to seeing James settle in and make his mark in the Hyundai A-League.”
Glory swoop for Swiss defender
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Glory swoop for Swiss defender
Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Swiss defender Gregory Wüthrich has signed a one-year deal with the club.
The 24-year-old, 1.92m centre-back has represented Switzerland at every level from Under-15 to Under-21 and was a part of the Young Boys side that won the Swiss Super League title in 2017-18.
Other than a brief loan with top-flight rivals Grasshopper, he has spent his entire career to date with Young Boys, his hometown club.
“I’m really happy to be here,” Wüthrich said. “I talked to Tony Popovic and after that conversation I was ready to join the club.”
“I was looking for a new challenge and the way the coach talked about the club’s style of play, in terms of playing out from the back, was very exciting and exactly what I wanted to hear.”
“Everyone at the club has been really kind to me since my arrival here, it’s been a great first impression and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.
Perth Glory Football Director Jacob Burns believes that the new recruit has all the attributes required to make a major impact in the Hyundai A-League.
“Gregory is a commanding central defender who is comfortable on the ball and he brings plenty of experience having played regularly in the Swiss Super League and also in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League,” he said.
“We believe that he has the ability to make a significant contribution for us in both the Hyundai A-League and Asian Champions League this season.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Perth Glory Chief Executive Tony Pignata.
“The club has been looking to add another quality defender for some time and we feel that Gregory very much fits the bill,” he said.
“We look forward to seeing him play his part as we look to build upon last year’s Premiers’ Plate success.