Perth Glory is delighted to announce the signing of Socceroo James Meredith on a one-year deal.
The 31-year-old arrives in the West fresh from a stint with English Championship side Millwall, for whom he made 82 appearances between 2017 and 2019.
The left-sided defender, who was a member of the Socceroos 2018 World Cup squad in Russia, comes with a wealth of experience having played his entire professional career to date in the UK and Ireland.
After graduating through the Derby County Academy, he served a number of clubs with distinction including York City (131 appearances) and Bradford City (181 appearances).
“The boss [Tony Popovic] sold it to me,” Meredith said. “I really liked the way he talked about his plans for the future of the club and when I looked at the squad list, I know it’s a strong group of players.”
“We’re looking to become Champions. The club did so well to finish top last season, so we’ll be aiming for that again and I can’t wait to be a part of that campaign.”
Glory fought off stiff competition from a host of Australian and overseas clubs to secure Meredith’s services and Football Director Jacob Burns labelled the signing as a major coup.
“This move speaks volumes,” he said. “The fact we’re attracting players of Meredith’s calibre is a testament to our growth as a club.”
“With international experience to his name and having spent over a decade in the UK, we’ve signed a player of great pedigree at a prime time in his career.”
“This shows the endeavour of the club to build sustained success on the back of our Premiership-winning campaign. James is another high-quality signing ahead of a big season for us domestically and in the Asian Champions League.”
Perth Glory Chief Executive Tony Pignata, meanwhile, is similarly thrilled that Meredith is on board.
“This is another exciting signing for the club as we look to build on last season’s achievements,” Pignata said.
“We look forward to seeing James settle in and make his mark in the Hyundai A-League.”