Glory exodus begins

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Facing potential sanctions for alleged salary cap breaches, Perth Glory are set for one of the most drastic squad overhauls in the A-League’s short history. A number of players will need to find new homes next season as the Western Australian club has no choice but to rein in their spending. Football Central understands that it’s not just the high earners either, as a number of promising young players are set to leave in the pursuit of more senior opportunities. This will pose a huge challenge to the Glory football department in the offseason.

Those believed to be leaving the Glory include defender Riley Woodcock, who has according to sources rejected an offer of a new contract and seems destined to continue his footballing career in the eastern states, with Sydney FC the front runner. The left back turns 20 next month and could join the growing youth movement Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold is overseeing.

Striker Jamie Maclaren is also set to head east, although further south, with the Melbourne clubs interested in acquiring his services. Born in the Victorian capital, Maclaren has five goals and two assists so far this season for the Glory and would help Melbourne Victory replace Fahid Ben Khalfallah, if he leaves the Victory at the end of this season as expected. This would be a homecoming of sorts for the Olyroo who was set to join Victory before Blackburn Rovers came calling in 2011.

Two other players headed for the exit door are Malaysia eligible defender Matthew Davies who has – as Football Central tweeted last week – left Glory for Malaysia, joining Pahang FA; and Nigerian born winger Borbor Sam, both 20 years old. It is believed Sam has signed a three year contract with the Newcastle Jets, who are conducting their own rebuild, although very different in nature.


Andrew Cussen

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