01/10/2021 - 12:00

Glory signs Sturridge

01/10/2021 - 12:00

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Perth Glory has recruited former Liverpool and England forward Daniel Sturridge in one of its biggest ever signings, 18 months after the club was in negotiations to be sold.

Sturridge signed with Liverpool in 2013.

Perth Glory has recruited former Liverpool and England forward Daniel Sturridge in one of its biggest ever signings, 18 months after the club was going to be sold.

The 32-year-old is a two-time Union of European Football Associations Champions League and FA Cup winner, has won a Premier League title with Chelsea and was part of England’s squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Sturridge has played for Chelsea, Stamford Bridge and Liverpool.

He joins the Glory from Trabzonspor in Turkey.

Perth Glory chair and owner Tony Sage said the signing represented the club’s statement of intent.

"Daniel is undoubtedly one of the biggest signings not only in Glory’s history, but in the history of the A-League," Mr Sage 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."

Sturridge said he wanted to take his talent to a team where he could enjoy his football and help them be as successful as they could 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,” Sturridge said.

"I can’t wait to play at HBF Park and hopefully put a smile on a lot of faces."

 The club would not disclose Sturridge’s remuneration.

The signing comes 18 months after Mr Sage was in discussions about selling 80 per cent of the club to London-based the London Football Exchange.

The deal fell through after the due diligence process, following multiple reports of legal troubles for the cryptocurrency company.

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