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Aug 07, 2023   |  9:57AM AET

Glory swoop for Young Matildas goalkeeper

Glory swoop for Young Matildas goalkeeper

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Young Matildas goalkeeper Sally James will join the club’s Liberty A-League squad for the 2023/24 season.

The 20-year-old, who was part of the Australia squad at the 2022 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Costa Rica, began her senior career with her hometown club, Canberra United, before joining Melbourne City in 2021.

She made 12 ALW starts for City last season and recorded a 76.9 save percentage as they secured Finals football via a third-place finish.

James is now relishing the prospect of embarking upon an exciting new stage of her football journey here in the West.

“I wanted to come to Perth because of the strong sense of togetherness within the team and staff and the positive environment that the club offers,” she said.

“I came to Perth in the off-season and spoke with [Head Coach] Alex [Epakis] and I liked his vision for the club and how he is big on supporting player development while fostering a competitive environment.

“My personal targets for the upcoming season revolve around continuous growth and improvement as a goalkeeper.

“I’m excited to work closely with the coaching staff and contribute to the team’s success in the push for Finals football.

“I believe that Perth Glory has an incredibly talented squad and a coaching staff that is dedicated to bringing out the best in each player.

“Each year, Glory has gotten closer and closer to the top four, so with collective commitment and hard work from everyone involved, I’m confident that we’ll be able to take that next step and challenge for the top positions in the league.”

Epakis, meanwhile, believes that with James on board, the club now has one of the strongest goalkeeping departments in the competition.

“I am really pleased to be able to bring Sally to Perth Glory,” he said.

“She is a very motivated individual who is eager to come to the club and contribute to what we are trying to achieve as a team. 

“She has great qualities as a goalkeeper and has been able to showcase these across recent seasons in both the ALW and with youth national teams.

“We are in a very fortunate position to have great depth across the squad and I believe the signing of Sally supports this notion.”

Further squad announcements will be made shortly.

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