Perth Glory has further strengthened its squad for the Westfield W-League 2021/22 Season with the signing of versatile forward Demi Koulizakis.
The 23-year-old has made more than 20 W-League appearances for Western Sydney Wanderers and most recently, Canberra United, with whom she spent the 2020/21 campaign.
She also boasts extensive experience of playing overseas having represented Texas Tech University in the US for four years.
After enjoying her second taste of the W-League last term, Koulizakis is keen to become a part of what she believes is an exciting project taking shape here in the West.
"I’ve known Alex Epakis [Glory Head Coach] for many years now, so I know how he is as a coach," she said.
"I like his aspirations for the team and for the club which align with my own goals as a player and he gets the best out of me, so those were the main reasons for me wanting to sign.
"Alex’s goals are to get into the Semi-Finals and win a Championship and I would love to play a big part in that and potentially next season be in the Finals."
Epakis, meanwhile, believes that Koulizakis has all the qualities required to be a major asset for Glory in the upcoming campaign.
"Demi is a fantastic addition to the team and the club," he said.
"She is relatively young, but comes with vast experience across both the W-League and US College system with Texas Tech.
"Having made her W-League debut at 16, Demi has gone on to have success both locally and in America, enjoyed a strong season last year at her previous W-League club and comes to Perth looking to really establish herself as core player within our attack.
"She is a very strong and tenacious player with and without the ball and has a great ability to build up and play with her back to goal, plus strong finishing skills.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Demi in the past and I know first-hand the determination and commitment she brings to a playing group.
"She is ambitious and I am glad she has decided that Perth Glory is the best place for her to continue to grow as a player."
Glory CEO Tony Pignata is delighted to see another high-quality new recruit coming on board.
"Demi has a lot of potential and a great working relationship with Alex and I believe we’ll see her take her game to new heights in purple next season," he said.
"She is the third key signing that we’ve made this week and I’m sure the excitement is building among our Members and fans as our 2021/22 squad continues to take shape."