De La Harpe set for second season with Glory

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that defender Deborah-Anne de la Harpe has re-signed with the club for the Westfield W-League 2021/22 Season.

The 20-year-old enjoyed an impressive debut W-League campaign last year, starting every one of Glory’s 12 games and playing a total of 1026 minutes.

Her strong defensive work, turn of pace and willingness to push forward in wide areas made her an instant hit with the club’s Members and fans and the Junior and Young Matildas representative is relishing the prospect of rekindling that relationship next term.

"There was a core group that would come out and support us every home game," she said.

"Obviously it was a difficult season for us with COVID and things like that, but having their support, especially in my first season, was just incredible.

“I could not have pictured a better place or team to have been a part of for my first W-League season.

"It’s such a great environment, the coaching staff are amazing and I’m elated to be back again.

"I’m just so grateful that I get to be a part of this story and I think we have something really special in this team, especially with the core group of younger players coming through.

"I’m excited about what we can achieve both in the long-term future and in the season ahead."

Glory Head Coach Alex Epakis is confident that de la Harpe can build on her breakout performances in 2020/21 and be a key part of the squad once again.

"Having DA re-sign on again for next season is fantastic,” he said.

"She was given an opportunity last season and I believe she grew so much and showed all her football pedigree and why she has been an important player for the Australia youth teams in recent years.

"She has a fantastic attitude and mindset towards improving and doing the best she can, has really fallen in love with the club and the city and I know first-hand that she is committed to helping achieve success with the team.

"For a young player, DA shows so much confidence and I am really looking forward to seeing her develop and find another level in her football next season.

"Her versatility and ability to play in multiple positions is a huge asset and she will be a valued player within the team next season."

Glory CEO Tony Pignata, meanwhile, is pleased to see another quality performer being added to the club’s W-League squad.

"DA was a standout last year and retaining her services for the upcoming season is another indication of the positive direction we’re moving in," he said.

"Alex has been extremely proactive and nimble in his efforts to mould a young, dynamic and exciting squad and de la Harpe is a player who certainly ticks all those boxes and more."

Further W-League signing announcements are expected in the near future.