STAR DEFENDER heads for Glory

Perth Glory has signed one the Hyundai A-League’s most wanted players with star defender Michael Thwaite joining the club for the next two seasons.

Perth Glory has signed one the Hyundai A-League-s most wanted players with star defender Michael Thwaite joining the club for the next two seasons.

In a massive boost for the club, Thwaite is considered one of the competitions best central defenders.

“It-s a fantastic coup to bring a quality player like Michael across to Western Australia,” Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson said.

“I am delighted, Michael is a leader and a winner.

Asked to describe Thwaite-s qualities, Ferguson highlighted the 29-year-olds ability to play the ball out of defence.

“He-s very comfortable in possession, he can switch the play, breaks the lines also can drive through the middle.

“Michael has been one of the league-s better players for the last three seasons.”

A six- time Socceroo, Thwaite has represented Australia at three different levels and also enjoyed a five year stint in Europe playing for National Bururesti (Romania), Wisla Krakow (Poland) and SK Brann (Norway).

Thwaite returned to Australia in the 2008/09 Hyundai A-League and was on loan at Melbourne Victory before spending the last three seasons with Gold Coast United.

“I-m relieved to finally know where I am heading,” Thwaite said.

“Within the Perth Glory squad I have previously played with eight or so of the boys and that was a big factor in my decision.

“I also spent two years together with the captain Jacob in Poland so it-s nice to have these combinations.

“It-s great to be heading to Perth and I-d especially like to thank the coach Ian Ferguson and my manager Peter Kelly.