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Published October 20, 2020 at 18:01:37

Glory swoop for talented young duo

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Perth Glory has taken its tally of new signings to four for the week after Jonathan Aspropotamitis and Nick Sullivan both inked deals with the club.

Central defender Aspropotamitis played for Western United last season having previously made more than 40 A-League appearances for Western Sydney Wanderers and spent a year with Central Coast Mariners.

Now 24, the former Australia Under-20 and Under-23 international is looking forward to a new challenge here in the West having signed for the duration of the club’s AFC Champions League campaign.

“I’m very excited to have signed for Perth Glory,” he said.

“I can’t wait to firstly meet the boys and everyone at the club and secondly get over to Doha for the games in the AFC Champions League.

“It’s always a good experience to play in the ACL, so hopefully we can do really well and get through into the knockout rounds.”

Midfielder Sullivan, meanwhile, is another former Western Sydney Wanderers player who spent much of his early career in Europe.

The 22-year-old was signed by leading Belgian side Club Brugge in 2013 and subsequently moved to Portugal where he represented both Vitoria FC and Cova da Piedade.

After returning to Australia last year and making 15 appearances for Western Sydney, he is now relishing the prospect of donning the famous purple for the 2020/21 Season.

“When the opportunity came to join the oldest club in the league with such a rich history, I couldn’t turn it down,” he said.

“This season, with the club and the set-up, I don’t see why we can’t push for Finals.”

Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia is confident that both players can make a major impact in the coming months.

“We are very pleased to have two young, energetic and ambitious players with A-League experience joining the group,” he said.

“Jonathan has always had a good reputation and enormous potential and we’re confident that he can fulfil that potential with us.

“Nick is an industrious midfielder who is very good defensively which is going to be important for us this year.”