Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that defender Dino Djulbic has re-signed with the club on a one-year deal.
The vastly-experienced centre-back, who has clocked up more than 100 Hyundai A-League appearances in Glory colours during three stints in the West, was an influential figure in last season’s maiden Premiership triumph.
He has now fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during May’s Grand Final at Optus Stadium after working closely with the club’s medical staff throughout pre-season.
"It means a lot to re-sign for another season,” he said.
“It’s a very exciting time to be at Glory; we’ve got our first Asian Champions League campaign, which is a massive achievement for the club and I know the boys can’t wait to put their best foot forward in the competition.
“To win the Premiership last season was huge. It’s why we play and this is why I’m here; to make this club successful.
"With the boss [Tony Popovic] here I know we can achieve more success and that’s why I wanted to continue to be a part of this club.
“There’s nothing better than playing in front of our home fans.
"When you’re playing at HBF Park and you’ve got the Glory fans in purple singing and chanting, it’s an amazing feeling and I can’t wait to experience that again this season.”
Perth Glory Football Director Jacob Burns believes that Djulbic's re-signing is an important one for the club both on and off the pitch.
"We’re really pleased to have signed someone of Dino’s character and experience,” he said.
"He’s been a fantastic and long-serving player at this club who has really endeared himself to the Glory faithful through the way he plays and his interaction with the members and fans.
“Dino’s worked extremely hard over with our medical staff to get himself fit and ready for the upcoming season after his heroics in the Grand Final.”
Those sentiments were shared by Perth Glory Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata.
“It’s great to have Dino at the club for another season after playing such a vital role in our Premiership win,” he said.
“He’s a cult hero for a reason; he puts his body on the line for the badge and I can’t wait for that to continue this season.”
Djulbic debuted for Glory back in August 2007 and helped the club secure three clean sheets in his first three senior outings.
After 27 appearances in two seasons, he headed to Germany to sign for Rot Weiss Ahlen before returning to Australia to join Gold Coast United.
Spells in China and the UAE followed ahead of a second stint with Glory, this time lasting three seasons.
And after plying his trade in Malaysia with Felda United and back in the Hyundai A-League at Melbourne Victory, the 2014-15 MGP Award winner began his third spell in purple in 2018.