Perth Glory FC is pleased to confirm the appointment of former Club captain Jacob Burns as General Manager of Football.

Perth Glory FC is pleased to confirm the appointment of former Club captain Jacob Burns as General Manager of Football.

Burns who retired as a Perth Glory player at the end of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season, will be responsible for a wide range of key areas within the Club-s expanded Football Department including youth development, player management, player research and football staff recruitment as well as key corporate partnerships and sponsorship arrangements with the A-League team.

In addition, Burns who has completed his AFC ‘B- Coaching Licence, will work within the Club-s broadened coaching structure providing support to the Club-s newly appointed Head of Youth Football Development, John Gibson and will assist in a coaching role with the Club-s increased elite player pathway commitments and participation in the WA National Premier League and Foxtel National Youth League competitions, as well as the Club-s proposed Youth Academy structure.

“I feel extremely privileged to be continuing in a role at the Club that I’m so passionate about,” Jacob Burns said.

“I believe my experience and knowledge of playing top flight football over the past 20 years can add real value to the Club-s coaching structure and Football Department moving forward – providing strategic advice and Football knowledge and strengthening the link between the Football and administrative department.- Burns added.

“To be able to be involved in Football and with Perth Glory after retiring last season is something I’ve always had ambitions to pursue. To get to continue to work with Kenny Lowe and the coaching team and be involved in the Club-s youth development as well as football administration is a wonderful opportunity. I have a Sports Administration Diploma and Business Diploma whilst currently doing my MBA to support such a move into the administrative side of the game.”

Glory CEO Jason Brewer was delighted to be able to confirm the appointment and believes that Burns can have as big an impact off the field as he did on it.

“It is immensely important to keep a person of Jacob’s quality and ambitions at Glory. He is highly respected in the Football community both as a person and player. He is a great ambassador and role model for our Club, for our young players and for the game here in Perth. I am positive he will become a major asset for this Club in the years to come.”

“With Jacob joining the Football Department, we have addressed some of the key areas identified in our review of the Club-s coaching structure and Football department and ongoing operational requirements. I believe Jacob-s exceptionally high standards and work ethic, will assist the Club in regaining its winning mentality and creating the stability necessary for future successes.” Brewer added