Scottish midfielder Steven McGarry will spend at least one more season at Perth after signing a new deal, while coach Alistair Edwards has also bolstered Glory's youth ranks
|By SHAM MAJID
Perth Glory midfielder Steven McGarry has committed his future to the club until the end of the 2013-2014 A-League campaign.
The versatile veteran was recognized for his sterling displays during the 2012-2013 season, having been handed the club's ultimate accolade, the 2013 Most Glorious Player, at the club's end-of-season awards ceremony last Friday.
McGarry, 33, joined Perth Glory in January 2010 after more than a decade of playing in the Scottish Premier League with the likes of St Mirren, Ross County and Motherwell.
He has chalked up 88 matches for Glory so far and has netted seven goals, helping his side reach the A-League finals for the third time since his arrival this campaign.
"I’m very excited to be part of Perth Glory for another year," McGarry said.
"There's already a great buzz around the club, it's going to be a pretty exciting season.
"My family and I love this city and we have built some great relationships with everyone at Perth Glory including our fans.
"People think in terms of football when you reach the age of 35 you're finished, but people like Ryan Giggs, Alessandro Del Piero and even Jacob Burns have proved them all wrong.
"Realistically, it's coming up to the last stage of my career, but I'm feeling fit, feeling great and I'm playing the best football of my career.
"I'm also looking forward to playing a larger role in the team, to help guide the youngsters that coach Alistair Edwards is recruiting.
"I remember making my debut and breaking into the first team, it was those experienced guys around me that helped me become the footballer I am.
"Now it's a role reversal and I will try show them it’s not just about the football on the pitch, but it’s off it as well.
Glory coach Alistair Edwards was pleased McGarry had prolonged his stay with the club.
"I'm delighted that Steve has re-signed with the club," Edwards said.
"He's an integral member of the squad moving forward.
"His experience will prove invaluable to our younger generation."
Glory have further strengthened their squad by signing youth internationals Cameron Edwards and Jack Duncan.
Edwards, the son of Glory coach Alistair Edwards, is a former Perth youth player who made his senior debut for the club back in 2011.
Edwards, 21, signed for English Premier League outfit Reading in 2011 before joining the Nike Football Academy in July 2012. He spent much of the 2012-13 A-League season with Melbourne Heart, but failed to make an appearance.
Duncan, 20, was the Newcastle Jets No.3 goalkeeper this season.