Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that striker Bruno Fornaroli has signed a two–year deal with the club.
The Uruguayan star arrives in the West having forged a reputation as one of the Hyundai A-League’s most prolific goalscorers during a three-and-a-half-season stint with Melbourne City.
The 31-year-old plundered a remarkable 46 goals in 70 A-League appearances, claimed the Golden Boot and made the PFA Team of the Season in 2015/16 and reached the 30-goal mark quicker than any other player in the competition’s history.
Fornaroli, who lists Sampdoria and Panathinaikos among his former clubs, is excited at the prospect of beginning a new chapter in his career with Glory.
“Tony (Popovic) said that there is a project here at Glory and that they want to play better than now and do better next season,” he said.
“I believe in the project and I believe in the coach and that’s why I’m here.
“I’m where I want to be and this is the most important thing for me. I’m very happy to be here.”
Glory Owner and Chairman Tony Sage believes that the significance of Fornaroli’s arrival cannot be overstated.
“The signing of Bruno is another strong statement of intent in terms of our ambition to bring sustained success to Perth Glory,” he said.
“Players with his great goalscoring pedigree are always in huge demand and we beat off stiff competition from a host of clubs from all over the world to sign him.”
Glory CEO Tony Pignata, meanwhile, feels that the recruitment of one of the competition’s most exciting and highest-profile players will delight the club’s fan base.
“I’m sure that all of our members and fans will be hugely excited to see Bruno lining up in purple next term,” he said.
“He made it very clear that he wanted to be a part of what we are in the process of creating here at Glory and it is fantastic to have him on board.”
And Glory Football Director Jacob Burns was quick to pay tribute to Tony Sage for enabling the deal to be done.
“It is testament to our Chairman and Owner’s commitment to Perth Glory that he has made it possible for the club to secure Bruno’s services,” he said.
“He has been one of the Hyundai A-League’s most prolific and complete forwards over the last few years and we look forward to him playing a key role for us next season and beyond.”
Fornaroli has been allocated the number 10 shirt for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season and could make his debut in the club's prestige friendly against Manchester United at Optus Stadium on July 13th.