Velaphi returns to hometown club

United v Glory - Tando Velaphi

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Tando Velaphi has signed a one-year deal with the club.

The former Australia Under-23 international returns for what is a third spell with his hometown club for whom he has previously made a total of 74 A-League appearances.

With the AFC Champions League and A-League campaigns rapidly approaching, Velaphi cannot wait to resume his Glory career.

“I’m a Perth boy and the club is very special to me,” he said, “so I’m really pleased to be back.

“Football is always full of twists and turns and now I’m really looking forward to take the opportunity that has been handed to me by [Head Coach] Richard Garcia.”

Garcia is similarly thrilled that Velaphi is back on board.

“Tando is a fantastic, experienced goalkeeper and it is great to have two genuine A-League number ones fighting it out for a starting spot,” he said.

“As well as a consummate professional, Tando is also a great person and I know how much it means to him to represent his hometown club.”

Velaphi first joined Glory in 2007 having previously made his A-League debut for Queensland Roar aged just 19.

He went on to become a first-team regular over the next four seasons here in the West ahead of a switch to Melbourne Victory in 2011.

The 1.86m shot-stopper duly moved to Victory’s rivals Melbourne City before trying his luck overseas with Shonan Bellmare in Japan and Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.

By 2018, Velaphi was back at Glory and he was a member of the squad that claimed the Premiers’ Plate last year.