Former Liverpool, Chelsea and England striker Daniel Sturridge has signed for Perth Glory in a massive statement of intent ahead of the new A-League Men’s season.
The 32-year-old scored 67 goals for the Reds, winning the 2018-19 Champions League, after winning the same competition with Chelsea as well as the Premier League and FA Cup (twice).
He joins on a one-year contract after a stint at Turkish side Trabzonspor, where he scored seven goals in 16 appearances.
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“It’s a fantastic opportunity to try a new challenge,” he said in a statement released by the club.
“When the opportunity came about, it felt like the right thing to do, to take my talent somewhere where I can enjoy my football in a competitive league and try and help the team be as successful as they possibly can be.
“I’m going to put my best foot forward, work hard and try and help the team win each game that comes by and then we’ll see where we end up when the season finishes.
“I can’t wait to play at HBF Park and hopefully put a smile on a lot of faces.”
Sturridge emerged as a teen startlet at Manchester City before moving to Chelsea in 2009. He spent four seasons at Stamford
He finished with 50 league goals in 113 appearances for Liverpool and 67 in 160 games in all competitions.
Glory Chairman and Owner Tony Sage was ecstatic.
“Daniel is undoubtedly one of the biggest signings not only in Glory’s history, but in the history of the A-League,” he said.
“His arrival signals in no uncertain terms how determined we are to bring sustained success to the club and the lengths we will go to in order to achieve that goal.
“We know the elite-level quality Daniel will bring to the side and are hugely excited to see him wearing the famous purple this season.”
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Glory coach Richard Garcia was similarly bullish.
“Daniel’s quality on the park speaks for itself,” he said, “and it is fantastic for the club and the league that a player of Daniel’s calibre is joining us.
“His motivation and drive aligns with the values and ambitions of the team and the club as a whole.”