Perth Glory is delighted to announce that Portuguese winger/attacking midfielder Fabio Ferreira has signed a one-year deal with the club.
Ferreira was on the books of both Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea as a teenager, during which time he represented Portugal at every level from Under-16 through to Under-19.
The skilful and versatile attacking midfielder first came to the attention of Hyundai A-League followers, meanwhile, when he debuted for Adelaide United in 2012.
He went on to make 51 league appearances for the Reds across three seasons, scoring 13 goals in the process and coming off the bench against Glory in the 2014 FFA Cup Final.
The 29-year-old boasted a similarly impressive record at his next club, Central Coast Mariners, for whom he found the net 15 times in 55 games.
After a spell in Malaysia with PKNS FC, he returned to Australia last season where he signed a short-term deal with Sydney FC and featured five times as the Sky Blues won the Premiership.
His arrival at Glory follows a successful trial spell with the club and the man from Barreiro is relishing the prospect of donning the famous purple.
“Tony [Popovic] asked me to come here for two weeks and he’s decided to keep me, so I’ve signed a contract for the season,” he said.
“Everything has gone well and I’m very pleased to have signed.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but that’s the way it has to be. You have to work hard if you want to win.
“I’ve scored a few goals and played quite well against Glory in the past and now I want to play well against every other team!
“It’s looking very promising here. The players are training well and looking in great shape.”
Glory Football Director Jacob Burns, meanwhile, feels that Ferreira’s arrival will significantly bolster the club’s attacking options.
“Fabio is an experienced and skilful player who knows the league,” he said.
“He can play anywhere across the front third which means the manager is going to have some great selection headaches in that area this year.”