Glory land Women’s World Cup striker

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that New Zealand international striker Grace Jale has joined the club’s Liberty A-League squad for the 2023/24 season.

The 24-year-old made two appearances at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup having been a standout performer for both Wellington Phoenix and Canberra United over the past two ALW seasons.

A major aerial threat who also excels at bringing others into play, she has claimed nine goals and seven assists in 27 ALW starts since 2021, while taking her tally of Football Ferns caps to 19.

Having established herself as one of the leading forwards in the ALW, Glory’s new recruit believes she can continue to improve here in the West.

“I’m stoked to be signing for Glory,” she said.

“I’m very excited to be working with a new group of coaches and players in the beautiful city of Perth.

“I’d like to learn and grow as a footballer and as a person for the team and I’m hoping for nothing less than a trophy at the end of the season.”

Glory Head Coach Alex Epakis, meanwhile, believes that Jale has the potential to become a real favourite with Glory’s Members and fans.

“Grace is a fantastic player who has proved herself as a goal scorer and real attacking threat in the competition over the past two seasons,” he said.

“She has fantastic attributes and has many different aspects and strengths that we will certainly benefit from.

“We want to be an attacking and aggressive team and she will be key to that.

“Moreover, she comes to Perth off the back of an historic Women’s World Cup campaign with New Zealand and I know she is primed and focused to come to the club and utilise her experiences from the past few months.

“I really believe in Grace and what she can bring to our team and I know that she will excite our supporters.”

Further squad announcements will be made shortly.

Grab your 2023/24 A-League Women’s Membership HERE.