July 04, 2015 13:04:30 UK
Midfielder Hagi Gligor has joined Perth Glory on a one-year deal, a month after being released by Sydney FC.
The 20-year-old was let go after spending three years in the senior squad at the Sky Blues, making 18 appearances.
He played in the team’s FFA Cup quarter-final defeat to eventual winners Adelaide United last October, but his involvement in the A-League was restricted to just one start and two substitute appearances.
Gligor was called up by Australia at U-20 level in 2013 and has gone on to play 10 times for the team as well as scoring three goals in two games for the U-23 side.
It’s a new and exciting chapter for me and I’ll be doing my best to impress Kenny Lowe.
The player, whose Romanian father named him after Gheorghe Hagi, has signed for one year initially, with an option or a second season.
He said: “It’s been a great few years in my career so far and I am looking forward to capitalising on that experience with my move to Perth.
“It’s a new and exciting chapter for me and I’ll be doing my best to impress Kenny Lowe and the coaching staff to get as many starts as I possibly can.”
Glory coach Lowe, whose side are 13.00 to win the Grand Final, said the fact that the midfielder had played at two levels in international football indicated the calibre of player he was.
“Chris [Gligor] is another young player with a good pedigree and great potential, and we’re delighted he’s made the move here,” added Lowe.
Gligor becomes Perth’s fourth signing of the off-season, with the Glory having seen eight players leave.
Lowe has signed Antony Golec from Western Sydney Wanderers as well as former Stoke City U-21 player Alex Grant and Jerrad Tyson from Hong Kong side Sun Pegasus.
Perth are 2.60 to win their first match of the season against Central Coast Mariners, who are 2.50 with the draw 3.25.
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