Perth Glory FC is proud to announce it has captured the signature of one of Australia’s most decorated goalkeepers for the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season.
Ante Covic heads to Perth, after being named Player of the Tournament at last year’s Asian Champions League final.
Covic, who turned 40 last month, said he wasn't ready, to step away from football.
“I’ve got plenty of gas in the tank and I still have a lot to give back to the game” he said.
“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” he added.
Last November Covic played a crucial role to help the Western Sydney Wanderers to win the ACL final against Al-Hilal, in front of a hostile crowd in Riyadh.
“Winning the Asian Champions League medal was an amazing feat and it’s something that I’ll never forget. I’ve made history with the Wanderers, but now I want to leave my mark with another A-league club for as long as I can”.
Covic will join former Wanderers teammates Jerrad Tyson and Antony Golec. Tyson, who also plays between the posts, last month signed a two-year deal with Glory.
Glory Head Coach Kenny Lowe, said he was delighted that Covic was moving to Perth.
“It’s fantastic for us and for him. 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. We’ve got three good keepers including youngster Jordan Thurtell, so I expect all of them to be pushing each other to play” he stressed.
Covic kicked-off his football career with the Marconi Stallions in the National Soccer League in the 1990s which spawned an international career, taking him to Greece and Sweden.
He made two appearances for the Socceroos and was part of the team’s squad at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Covic is expected to join the Perth Glory squad in early September.