Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Vince Lia has joined the club for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season.
The experienced midfielder, who can also operate as a central defender, arrives as a long-term injury replacement for sidelined centre-back Dino Djulbic and will be available for Glory’s maiden AFC Champions League campaign which is set to get underway next month.
A former Australia representative at Under-17, 20 and 23 level, Lia has played more than 250 Hyundai A-League games, with nearly 200 of those coming during a ten-year spell at Wellington Phoenix.
Most recently, he was a part of the Adelaide United squad that lifted the FFA Cup in both 2018 and 2019 and having made the move across the border from South Australia, is hoping to enjoy further success with Glory.
"I’m really looking forward to being part of what I think is a special group," he said.
"It’s a team that will obviously challenge for the league again and with an Asian Champions League campaign coming up, I’m hoping to help in any way I can."
Glory Football Director Jacob Burns, meanwhile, feels that Lia will add plenty to what is already a strong squad.
"Vince brings a wealth of experience and versatility, plus a winning mentality and has been a consummate professional throughout his career," he said.
"He will provide great competition and depth to our squad during what will be a testing time physically as we look to compete both domestically and in Asia."
Vince Lia Factfile
Date of Birth: 18th March 1985
Place of Birth: Shepparton, Victoria
Previous Hyundai A-League clubs: Melbourne Victory (2005-2007), Wellington Phoenix (2007-2017), Adelaide United (2017-2020)
Hyundai A-League Career Stats: 255 games (206 starts) and 7 goals
Record v Glory: Played 30, Won 11, Drawn 8, Lost 11
Domestic Honours: Hyundai A-League Championship (Melbourne Victory 2006-07), Hyundai A-League Premiership (Melbourne Victory 2006-07), FFA Cup 2018, 2019 (Adelaide United)
International Honours: OFC U-20 Championship 2002, 2005