Dadi dashes back to Perth

Perth Glory striker Eugene Dadi returned to Perth for a flying visit this week after he and his family were granted permanent residency by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Perth Glory striker Eugene Dadi returned to Perth for a flying visit this week after he and his family were granted permanent residency by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Glory officials have worked to fast track the application and Dadi was delighted to receive the news that it had been approved.

The Frenchman, who has expressed his desire to settle in Australia for the long term, was required to be back in the country to sign the paperwork but will depart again today for Europe where he is on loan to FC Vaduz in the Swiss Super League.

“It has been a very quick visit but it is nice to be back in Perth,” Dadi said.

“I-m glad that it has been sorted out, it is something that I believe is very good for my family and for the club. Everything has been great since coming to Western Australia and we knew straight away that it would be a wonderful place to raise a family and have a good life.

Dadi, his wife Joana and son Paco, will live in Liechtenstein for the next few months before returning prior to the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League season.

Dadi was a smash hit this season with his flair on the pitch and knack for hitting the back of the net on a regular basis inspiring the Glory faithful. The former Ivory Coast International signed a new contract that will see him pull on the Perth Glory purple again in 2009/10 and is confident of producing another 10 goal effort.

“I-m looking forward to getting back on the pitch with Perth next season and hope that I can bring the added experience of playing in Switzerland with me and score a few more goals,” Dadi said.

“We love Perth and want to stay as long as we can and having the residency sorted out will make that a lot easier.”

Dadi will continue to fill one of the club's foreign player spots next season but will be able to remain in the country on a permanent basis.