Glory legend calls it a day
Perth Glory legend Jamie Harwell today announced Sunday's match against Gold Coast will be his last for the club.
Perth Glory legend Jamie Harwell today announced Sunday's match against Gold Coast will be his 256th and last for the club.
The club's games record holder told a packed media conference that the demands of professional football had caught up with him and he cherished his time as a Perth Glory player.
Harnwell made his debut back in 1998 and won back-to-back NSL championships in 2001/02 and 2002/03.
Perth Glory chief executive Paul Kelly hailed Harnwell as one of Perth Glory's greatest club man.
Here is a copy of Harnwell's announcement:
I am here to announce that I will be playing my last game for Perth Glory this Sunday. I cant describe the honour and pride I have felt while representing this club over the past 13 years.
Playing football for a living is the best job in the world. However, for the past few months I haven-t enjoyed myself as I should have as the years of training, travelling and sacrifice have caught up with me.
I look around the dressing room and see good players and good mates but although this will always be my club with the new direction we are heading next season a new team will be built.
I have been lucky enough to be part of this club at its peak, playing in 4 grand finals in 5 years and will always treasure its history and the players that made Perth Glory great. In thinking of that it also becomes obvious to me that the club can not live on its history any longer, especially on the field.
I would like to thank all the wonderful people who have been at the club over the years, from the admin, medical staff, coaches and of course the players. I could not have achieved what I did without you.
Finally to the supporters I thank you with all my heart. You have given me so much. I only hoped I have done enough in my career to repay you.