Glory swoop for highly-rated defender


Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that Katie Naughton has signed with the club for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.

The highly-rated central defender joins Glory fresh from another impressive NWSL campaign with Chicago Red Stars in which she made 24 starts and won the club’s Best Defender award having played the most minutes and achieved the best passing accuracy rate with 65%.

A former US Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 representative, Naughton is no stranger to the W-League having spent the last two seasons with Adelaide United and is relishing the prospect of donning the famous purple this year.

“I’m excited to see what this new season has in store,” she said, “especially since I’ll be with a new team and in a new environment.

“I’ve heard so many amazing things about the city of Perth and I can’t wait to experience it for myself alongside my teammates.

“I feel confident going into this season with what I’ve heard about this team and the calibre of players that we have and I can’t wait to get started.”

Head Coach Bobby Despotovski, meanwhile, believes that the 24-year-old will be a major asset for Glory this term.

“Katie’s been in the league before and is a proven performer,” he said.

“She’s a composed, ball-playing defender who will really stabilise the backline and her arrival means that we’ll have great competition for those central defensive spots. 

“Her form for Chicago has been excellent and we’re confident that she’ll continue to show that form with us.”

Further signing announcements are expected in the very near future.

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