Mallia heads West

Perth Glory is delighted to announce that Mitch Mallia has joined the club on an injury replacement contract.

The 25-year-old has arrived to provide cover for Joel Chianese who has unfortunately been sidelined by a collar bone injury.

Mallia became the youngster player ever to represent Central Coast Mariners in the Hyundai A-League when he made his senior debut, ironically against Glory, in January 2010.

He then spent three seasons with Sydney FC, making 17 appearances, 6 of which were starts.

The gifted midfielder’s first senior goal came against Adelaide United in February 2012 when he came off the bench to score the winner.

The ex-Australia Under-17 and Under-23 international left Sydney FC in 2014 and joined NPL NSW side Blacktown City for whom he has since averaged a goal almost every other game.

It was this sparkling form that brought him to Glory’s attention as the club’s head of Football, Jacob Burns, confirmed.

“We keep a very close eye on who is performing well in the various NPL competitions around the country and we’re always willing to give those players an opportunity, as we’ve shown with our recent signings of Joe Knowles and Daniel Stynes.

“Mitch was Blacktown City’s standout player as they enjoyed a very successful season.

“Obviously he has previous A-League experience and he’s quick, has great technical ability, an eye for goal and can use both feet.

“Several other A-League clubs were keen to secure Mitch’s services, so we’re delighted that he opted to join us here in the West.”

Mallia has been allocated shirt number 11.

Glory’s updated squad in full:

2. Alex GRANT, 3. Marc WARREN , 4. Shane LOWRY, 5. Jacob POSCOLIERO, 6. Mitch NICHOLS , 7. Joel CHIANESE , 8. Xavi TORRES, 9. Andy KEOGH (c), 11. Mitch MALLIA, 13 Nick FEELY (GK), 14. Chris HAROLD, 15. Brandon WILSON, 16. Joseph MILLS, 17. Diego CASTRO, 18. Andreu GUERAO, 19. Joe KNOWLES, 20. Jake BRIMMER, 22. Adam TAGGART, 23. Scott NEVILLE, 25. Daniel STYNES , 29. Jeremy WALKER, 33. Liam REDDY (GK)