Perth Glory is delighted to announce that Tando Velaphi has signed a one–year deal with the club.
It marks a second spell at Glory for the 31-year-old goalkeeper who chalked up more than 70 appearances for the club between 2007 and 2011.
The Perth local made his Hyundai A-League debut for Queensland Roar back in 2007 and has also featured in the competition for Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City and most recently, Wellington Phoenix.
In addition to his extensive domestic experience, the former Australia Under-20 and Under-23 representative has also plied his trade overseas, spending two years in Japan with Shonan Bellmare.
“The project here at Glory is something that I’m really excited for and I didn’t have to think twice about coming back,” he said.
“With the team we’re putting together and the boss coming on board, we have high expectations and we want to deliver on the field.
“Personally I’m going to push as hard as I can for the number one position. There’s going to be a lot of competition for spots and that can only benefit the team as it will mean everyone’s being pushed to their limits. That’s what it’s about at this level.
“Hopefully everyone from front to back can work together in unison and push towards something really special for the club.”
Glory Football Director Jacob Burns, meanwhile, was quick to praise Velaphi as both a player and an individual.
“It’s nice to welcome back a WA player,” he said.
“Tando is a wonderful character and a fantastic pro who obviously knows the club well.
“He’s a great addition to the squad and will provide great competition for the number one spot between the sticks this season.”
Further player announcements are expected in the near future.