Record-holder Harold announces retirement

Former Glory forward Chris Harold has today announced his retirement from the professional game.

The 28-year-old remains the club's record Hyundai A-League appearances holder having donned the famous purple on 143 occasions, scoring 21 goals along the way.

One of our favourite interviews with Chris

Although born in Perth, he began his professional career with Gold Coast United before completing a switch to his hometown club in 2012.

With his blistering pace and willingness to go at defenders, Harold made a strong impression right from the off and opened his Glory account in his third appearance against Newcastle Jets.

Other memorable moments included doubles against the Central Coast in December 2014, the Jets in January 2016 and Brisbane Roar in January 2018, while off the field he became renowned for raising awareness of environmental issues and the work carried out at Perth Children's Hospital.

Harold bagging a brace against the Mariners

After parting ways with the WA club last season, Harold spent a brief spell with Central Coast Mariners where he took his career tally of A-League appearances to 175 and his goal total to 25.

Having now decided to hang up his boots and pursue a legal career, he was quick to emphasise the value he has always placed on his relationship with Glory's Members and fans.

"For me, the decision was one of excitement and fond reflection," he said.

"It's not as if football will suddenly cease to be a part of my life; it will just take on a new role.

"Perth has become my home.

"I've created a life here and Perth Glory was a major part of that.

"I have so many fond memories of my time at the club and playing at HBF Park in front of the local fans are central to those memories.

"Some of the most exhilarating games of football I've been a part of, or even witnessed, have been played at that stadium.

"The atmosphere is unparalleled in the A-League.

"Coming out in the second-half of matches onto the right-wing touchline, clapping the crowd in the new stand then attacking the Shed End; those are the kind of things that make you want to play football. 

"I like to feel there's always been a mutual respect between myself and the Glory faithful.

"The fact that I stayed at the club through tough times and am the record games holder has earned that respect.

"I look forward to being on the other side of the gate with the fans, with a beer in hand, supporting my friends who still play for Perth Glory."

On behalf of everyone associated with Perth Glory, we would like to thank Chris for the huge contribution that he has made to the club and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.

Chris Harold namaste


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