Double A-League Championship and Premiership winner rejoins Glory

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that double A-League Championship and Premiership winner Brandon O’Neill has rejoined his hometown club on a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old’s football resume includes a trophy-laden, five-year spell with Sydney FC, stints in South Korea and Thailand and most recently, two seasons with Newcastle Jets.

O’Neill is extremely grateful to be returning to Perth with his young family and is determined to play his part in driving the club forward.

“I really want to thank the club for allowing myself and my family the chance to come home, represent the club and play football, which is something I never thought would be possible again,” he said.

“I appreciate that my previous spell at the club did not end well and that my actions were viewed negatively from the outside by some of our Members and fans.

“I acknowledge and understand that perception and am keenly aware of the need to rebuild my relationship with those Members and fans.

“The best way for me to do that is via my actions on and off the field and I will be doing everything I can to help bring success back to Perth Glory.

“Sharing that success with the Members and fans and my family and friends would mean everything to me and I can’t wait to start work on making that happen.”

Glory Football Director Stan Lazaridis, meanwhile, believes that O’Neill will prove to be a key signing for the club.

“Brandon is a top professional, a top human being and a great leader,” he said.

“Of course we know that his previous departure from the club was an acrimonious one, but he’s determined to make things right.

“We want him to lead again in that midfield, help the players around him in their development and be a catalyst for really driving the club forward both on and off the pitch.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have him back at Perth Glory.”

Having played the bulk of his junior football at ECU Joondalup (now Perth RedStar), O’Neill entered the Glory youth system in 2010 and duly made his A-League debut against Gold Coast United two years later.

After a further 15 senior appearances, he moved on to Sydney FC and immediately became an integral part of the Sky Blues’ midfield.

Over the next five seasons he played more than 100 games and scored eight goals as the New South Wales club won two Championships and two Premierships and lifted the FFA Cup.

His performances for Sydney FC earned him a move to leading K-League side Pohang Steelers and following a year in Korea, he spent a season in the Thai top flight with Buriram United.

O’Neill returned to Australia in 2021 and played ten times during a second spell at Glory before Newcastle Jets became his third A-League club a year later.

At international level, meanwhile, he was capped by Australia at Under-23 level ahead of a Socceroos debut against South Korea in June 2019.