Glory swoop for W-League Premiership-winning defender

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that highly-rated defender Natalie Tobin has joined the club for the Westfield W-League 2021/22 Season.

The 24-year-old, who can also play in midfield, became a key part of the Sydney FC squad after debuting in 2012, eventually chalking up more than 60 appearances in total and starting every game as the Sky Blues took out the Premiership title last season.

The former Australia Under-17 and Under-20 representative, who was also a part of two Grand Final-winning Sydney FC squads in 2013 and 2019, is relishing the prospect of starting a new chapter of her career here in the West.

"It’s a really exciting opportunity to play for what has been a very successful team over the years with the likes of Sam Kerr and so on," she said.

"Alex has given me a lot of information on the vision that he has for the team going forward and it all sounds very promising.

"The club went through a bit of a transitional phase last year, a growing phase and I’ve been a part of those in the past not just at Sydney FC, but at NPL clubs as well.

"So I think that’s always something exciting to be a part of and you can come together that way which is awesome.

"Alex [Epakis] has a great vision for the team culture in particular and a very positive outlook towards the season which further cemented my move over to Perth.

"I’m looking to have a really successful season, solidify a starting eleven spot which I was able to do at Sydney FC last year, grow as a footballer and help the team push for Finals, Premierships and Championships."

Glory Head Coach Alex Epakis, meanwhile, believes that signing a player of Tobin’s experience and pedigree represents a major coup for the club.

"We’re delighted to have Nat sign on for next season and represent Perth Glory," he said.

"She is a well-established and respected player within the W-League competition and I am excited to coach her next season.

"Nat brings so many qualities as both a player and as a leader.

"Her experience and on-field quality will prove to be a key part of helping the team and group move in a positive direction.

"She perfectly fits the type of player we are looking to have within the club and is a determined character and strong competitor who knows how to win."

Glory CEO Tony Pignata is similarly delighted that Tobin will be wearing purple next season.

"I worked with Nat during my time at Sydney FC and can certainly vouch for Alex’s assessment of her as both a player and as a character," he said.

"We are determined to build a strong, competitive squad to take the club forward in the W-League in 2021/22 and have already taken major strides towards that by re-signing a number of key players and now securing the services of a proven performer in Nat."

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

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