Rising star Aquino returns to hometown club

Morgan Aquino rejoins Glory graphic

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that highly-rated young goalkeeper Morgan Aquino has rejoined the club on a long-term deal.

The Junior and Young Matildas representative made her Westfield W-League debut for Glory in the 2019/20 season and played on another two occasions for her hometown club before completing a move to Brisbane Roar.

Having added a further four W-League starts to her tally with the Queenslanders last season, the 19-year-old is thrilled to now be embarking upon a new chapter in her career amidst familiar surroundings.

“I’m very keen to be a part of what Alex Epakis [Head Coach] is building at Glory,” she said, “especially as his vision is not just for this season, but for the future beyond that as well.

“He’s been giving young players opportunities and putting a lot of faith in them and that is exciting to see.

“Coming home for me was a no-brainer as the opportunity to play and be with family too is great to have.”

Epakis, meanwhile, believes that Aquino has huge potential which she can fulfil with Glory.

“Securing the services of Morgan back from Brisbane is a great addition to the club in a key position,” he said.

“She is a proud West Australian, is passionate about the club and wants to do well.

“My job is to get the best out of her over the next few seasons and help her really grow into her undoubted talent and ability.

“Morgan is a very technical goalkeeper and will certainly suit the way in which we will want to play.

“She is driven and determined and I am happy that she believes this is the best club to help her grow as a person and as a player.”

Aquino joins Natasha Rigby, Hana Lowry, Tijan McKenna and Natalie Tobin in pledging her future to Glory and club CEO Tony Pignata feels that the timing of these signings illustrates the club’s determination to make a major impact in the W-League next season.

“We are committed to having as much of our squad in place as soon as possible in order to lay solid foundations for the 2021/22 campaign,” he said.

“The signings that we have already made are very exciting ones and with plenty more to come, I’m sure that our Members and fans are really looking forward to seeing the women in action next season.”

Further Westfield W-League signings are expected in the near future.