Striker Ivanovic added to Glory squad

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that striker Luke Ivanovic has signed a two-year deal with the club.

The 22-year-old arrives having spent last season with Brisbane Roar, for whom he found the net four times in nine ISUZU UTE A-League starts.

Originally from Picton, New South Wales, Ivanovic made his senior breakthrough at Sydney FC in 2018, eventually chalking up 38 appearances for the Sky Blues over the course of three seasons.

The 1.89m frontman is now looking forward to embracing a new challenge here in the West.

“I thought to myself that this is a great opportunity to go to such a competitive club and see what they are building up to this year,” he said.

“Having spoken to [Head Coach] Ruben [Zadkovich], I am super-excited to come across to a fantastic club.

“I want to be winning games and scoring goals.

“I want to be a key asset to the team and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Zadkovich feels that Ivanovic will prove to be another excellent addition to the club’s new-look squad.

“Luke is a very exciting talent in the top half of the pitch,” he said

“He possesses a lot of high quality attributes that suit our model and has a sharp eye for goal.

“We are very excited to have a player like Luke in our ranks.

“He will add a different dimension to our frontline, has a lot of scope to improve and is real prospect for the club.”

Head of Recruitment Andy Keogh also believes that the new recruit can shine in purple.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming Luke into our great club,” he said.

“He is a player who has bags of potential, but now has come to an age where consistency is key.

“His attributes are there for all to see and now it’s up to us and him to come together and make the most of them.

“He has a very bright future.”

Having played his youth football for the Football NSW Institute, APIA Leichardt and Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Glory’s latest recruit joined Sydney FC in 2018 and made his A-League bow in December of that year when introduced from the bench against Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.

His first A-League goal arrived later that season as he claimed the opener in a 2-0 win over Melbourne City.

Ivanovic then departed the Sky Blues to join Brisbane Roar ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and made an immediate impact for the Queenslanders with a debut goal against Melbourne City in Round One.

He would go on to score a further three goals last term, one of which came in the final minute of the Round 19 clash with Glory.