Former stars join Perth Glory Community program

Former Perth Glory stars Michael Garcia and Adrian Webster have returned to the club to take on roles as Community Development officers.

Former Perth Glory stars Michael Garcia and Adrian Webster have returned to the club to take on roles as Community Development officers.

In a major coup for Perth Glory, Garcia will look after the northern corridor of the metropolitan area while Webster will manage the South.

“Michael Garcia and Adrian Webster are two first class individuals who will add further quality and experience to our “Glory in the Community” department”, Perth Glory Chief Executive Paul Kelly said.

“Both men played for our club, both are fans of Perth Glory and both hold a strong commitment to growing WA football, especially within grassroots development.

Garcia, a former Australian youth international had two stints at the club as a player (1997/99 and 2002/03) before a knee injury cruelly ended his career, at the age of 23. Garcia played 26 times for Australia at under-17 and under-20 level while his younger brother Richard is a current Qantas Socceroo, who also and represented Australia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Webster, a New Zealand international played 12 games for the All-Whites and represented Perth Glory 20 times in the 2006/07 Hyundai A-League season.

Both former players said they were delighted to be back at Perth Glory and excited to be educating the next generation of players.

“It-s great been involved with Perth Glory again, and I-m really looking forward to developing the club for the future,” Webster said.

”Teaching young players at the grassroots level is so important and I-m thrilled to be given this role,” Garcia added.

The appointments of Garcia and Webster come as Perth Glory continue its commitment to the community through recently launched programs like the Glorious Fourz and Perth Glory Soccer Schools.

“I think both appointments are testament to our CEO, Paul Kelly-s, commitment to supporting our community programs and ensuring we are able to offer the Football fans of Western Australia an excellent product that will surely become the benchmark of A League Football Clubs,” Perth Glory Community development manager Callum Salmon said.