Glory snap up A-League title-winning defender

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that A-League title-winning defender Jason Geria has joined the club for the remainder of the 2020/21 Season.

Geria's first Glory interview

The 27-year-old brings a wealth of A-League experience having amassed over 100 appearances during a six-season stint at Melbourne Victory where he was a part of the side which claimed the Championship/Premiership double in 2014-15 and the FFA Cup in 2015.

A former Australia Under-20 and Under-23 representative who also has one Socceroos cap to his name, Geria was a first-team regular for Japanese J2 League side JEF United Chiba over the past three seasons.

He is now excited at the prospect of returning to the A-League as part of Richard Garcia’s Glory squad.

"I finished up in Japan in December last year," he said, "and I was weighing up what the next move was going to be and due to some factors beyond my control, I felt that I needed to get back into it in Australia.

"Glory contacted me, we had some talks and now I’m here and I’m very keen to get started.

"I’m just looking to contribute; I want play as many games as possible and help bring success to the club.

"It’s always been tough playing away games against Glory, the fans are pretty loud and they let you know that you’re on their turf and don’t make it easy for you.

"So it’ll be good having them on my side for once and I hope with the run of home games coming up, it can help propel us up the ladder.

"The energy in the group is really nice and it has a good unity to it, so adjusting is going to be easy."

Garcia, meanwhile, is confident that Geria will prove to be an important acquisition for the club at a crucial time of the season.

"Jason's a very good player who will add excellent experience to the squad," he said.

"He's been playing at a good level in Japan and, of course, has also played extensively and enjoyed great success in the A-League."

Those sentiments were echoed by Glory Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata.

"Securing Jason's services is another coup for the club and I'm sure our Members and fans will enjoy seeing him in action," he said.

"We believe that his experience and winning mentality will make him a key contributor within the squad on and off the field this season."

Originally from Canberra, Geria attended the Australian Institute of Sport before joining Brisbane Roar where he went on to skipper the club’s youth team.

But it was a move to Melbourne Victory that sparked his senior career into life as he proceeded to make 107 A-League appearances during a six-season stint with the navy-and-whites.

16 of those appearances came in Victory’s 2014-15 Championship-Premiership double-winning campaign and the dashing right-back also played in the 2015 FFA Cup Final win over Glory.

In March 2018, he joined Japanese J2 side JEF United Chiba where he again became a first-team regular, playing 59 times in all competitions over the course of three seasons.

At international level, Geria represented Australia extensively at Under-20 and Under-23 level before winning his one Socceroos cap to date in a 2016 friendly against Greece.

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