Perth Glory have announced the signing of Brendon Santalab on Tuesday, shortly after it was announced he would depart the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The 35-year-old made 113 appearances for the 2014 Asian Champions League winners, after joining the Wanderers in 2013 from Chongqing Lifan.
Santalab’s decision to depart the New South Wales side comes after he opted to continue his playing career elsewhere, after knocking back an opportunity to work in the Wanderers’ administration department.
Santalab said the opportunity to work with new Glory manager Tony Popovic played a big part in his decision.
“I’m very excited to join Perth Glory Football club,” Santalab said. “The opportunity to work under Tony Popovic again was an opportunity too good to miss.”
“I’m looking forward to joining a team with so many fantastic players and meeting the clubs fans.”
While Glory Football Director Jacob Burns paid tribute to the quality Santalab would add to the side.
“Brendon is a player that brings invaluable experience, a winning mentality and a hunger for success,” Burns explained.
“He is a fantastic professional that will assist many of the young talented players we have at the club.”
Upon his departure from the Wanderers being announced, the club’s all-time leading scorer paid tribute to the club’s supporters.
“It’s been an incredible journey. I leave the Wanderers with an Asian Champions League Winners Medal, Player of the Year (Wanderers Medal) award in 2016/17, two golden boot awards and currently hold the club’s all-time goal scorer title. I’m delighted with my time at the Wanderers,” he said.
“The fans have been instrumental in my success and I have been continuously overwhelmed by the ongoing support the people of Western Sydney have shown me during my five years at the club. Thank you.
“I would also like to thank Ronald McDonald House Westmead and ANZ Stadium for a great partnership during my time with the club.
“I wish the club, players, sponsors and fans all the very best in the future.”