July 09, 2015 12:41:21 UK
Last year’s Asian Champions League player of the tournament Ante Covic has completed his move to Perth Glory.
The veteran goalkeeper was released by Western Sydney at the end of last season, just six months after winning the continental award as he helped them lift the ACL trophy. He said he still had things he wanted to achieve in the game, and has inked a one-year deal with Perth, who are 13.00 to win the Grand Final.
“I’ve got plenty of gas in the tank and I still have a lot to give back to the game,” said the 40-year-old. “I’ve thought long and hard about this and the opportunity to extend my career ticks off some personal goals. The chance to play for Perth Glory and win something with a different club is exciting and that’s what’s most appealing to me.”
Covic kept eight clean sheets in 12 matches for Wanderers in their successful ACL campaign, and said that, having made history with one club, he wanted to leave his mark on another A-League team for as long as he could.
I’ve got plenty of gas in the tank and I still have a lot to give back to the game.
He will compete with his former Wanderers understudy Jerrad Tyson for the No.1 goalkeeper’s spot at the Glory, with Tyson having headed west last month.
Perth coach Kenny Lowe hailed the recruitment as a fantastic move, saying: “He gets to play for at least another year and we’ve got a quality keeper who’s played at the highest level, domestically and overseas.”
Covic won the A-League goalkeeper of the year award in Western Sydney’s debut season in the competition in 2012/13 as they won the premiership. He has played in both Greece and Sweden and went to the 2006 World Cup with the Socceroos.
The Phoenix are 1.83 to win their first game of the season against Newcastle Jets, who are 3.60 with the draw 3.75.
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