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French defender and house hold name of world football William Gallas has signed a contract with Perth Glory tying him to the club until the end of the season.

Gallas who was a free agent after leaving Tottenham last season, possesses an incredible football resume and is one of the biggest names in the game.

Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards is thrilled to have him on board.

“What better player in world football to bring to Western Australia” said Edwards.

“84 caps for one of the best footballing nations in the world”

“William [Gallas] fits along with our vision of providing the best environment for our youth to flourish and also believes in our vision and philosophy of the way Perth Glory play football”

Starting his career in his native France with youth team’s RCF France and the world renowned development academy Clairefontaine which is famous for producing world class players such as Nicolas Anelka, Louis Saha, Hatem Ben Arfa, Abou Diaby, Sebastien Bassong, Mehdi Benatia, and France top goal scorer Thierry Henry.

After graduating from Clairefontaine in 1994, he made his senior team debut for Caen in 1995 – making 34 appearances over two years with the club.

His career then shot to stardom after signing for one of France’s biggest clubs Marseille at the tender age of 20 in 1997-2001 – making 84 appearances and although being a centre back, scoring only 2 goals.

During his climb to stardom he made appearances for the French Under 20′s, 21′s and Senior national team’s.

His big name club career didn’t stop there. In 2001 he signed for one of England’s biggest clubs Chelsea FC under Italian manager in Claudio Ranieri. He quickly become a fan favorite goal-scoring centre back notching up a career best 13 goals in 159 games in his 5 year stint at the club.

He probably didn’t do his Chelsea faithful any favors by signing for Arsenal in 2006-2010, under another legend of football Arsene Wenger – playing 101 games as scoring 12 goals, proving himself to be one of the best goal-scoring centre backs in the world.

He then chose to end his EPL club career with Tottenham Hotspur, another strong London rival to both Arsenal and Chelsea, from 2010-2013.

William Gallas’s arrival in the A-League will no doubt rival the signings of Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey and will fit perfectly into Alistair Edwards’s new football philosophy, he is cultivating at Perth Glory.

Coach Edwards believes William’s addition will not only inspire his players but will also boost the football crowds and love for the game in WA.

“On a personal level I am looking forward to sitting down with William over the next 8 months to extract every piece of knowledge about his experiences from Clairfontaine, the French National team, his time at Marseille, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham and whatever he can share about working with the greatest managers in World Football over the past decade” Edwards said.

“I have spoken to William about the proud history of our club and that we have the leagues best and most passionate fans and as equally important we have discussed the clubs vision and philosophy and the values that are driving the club.

“He knows he is coming into a wonderful culture with great experienced players alongside some of the most talented young players in Australian football.”

The technically gifted defender although 36, will bring a defensive solidity and a  footballing brain that’s played at the highest levels of the game. No doubt any player young or old, will be relishing the opportunity to play with and learn from the former French International.

With a spine consisting of Danny Vukovic, Michael Thwaite, Jacob Burns and Shane Smeltz/Jamie Maclaren – and the world class defender William Gallas, Glory will be a force to be reckoned with in the A-League.

The Frenchman is due to arrive in Perth within the next week or so.

Ella Mastrantonio

Ella is Football Central's Perth Glory correspondent.  Ella has a direct connection with the club as she is a part of the current W-League squad which in turn allows her a unique perspective of the club as a whole.  Her passion for writing is the reason for taking on this role. Ella is an accomplished footballer in her own right. Started playing at five years of age in her brother's team, played mixed/all boys until U/12's for Phoenix Park J.S.C and Fremantle Spirit. Then Alistair Edwards discovered her which opened the door to representative selections. Following her selection for the U/17's Australian team and progressing to the U/20's Australian squad at 15, Ella made her senior Matilda's debut at 16.

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