Chris Ikonomidis joins Perth Glory after Matthew Spiranovic call

The Australian winger has sealed a permanent return to the A-League

Perth Glory have lured Chris Ikonomidis back to the A-League after signing the Australian winger to a three-year deal from Lazio. 

The 23-year-old starred on loan with Western Sydney Wanderers last season after struggling for minutes in Italy.

Ikonomidis, who has played six times for the Socceroos, will now look to secure regular football under Tony Popovic, who has assembled a strong Glory squad over the off-season.

One of Perth's new recruits ultimately playing a key role in Ikonomidis' decision to sign with the club.

“The appeal of coming here was the project that is happening at the club,” Ikonomidis said.

“I definitely think that Glory will be competing for the title this year and that was one of the most tempting things about signing.

“I spoke to Matt Spiranovic over the phone a few weeks ago and he really convinced me what a great place this is.

“I enjoyed my time in the A-League last season and now I’m really excited to get started with Perth.”

Chris Ikonomidis- Western Sydney Wanderers/ Brisbane Roar

After reminding Australians what he can do last season, Ikonomidis inevitably attracted plenty of attention over the off-season. 

Glory's football director, Jacob Burns, revealing just how in demand he was. 

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“We had to fight long and hard to get Chris on board as there were numerous other teams, both here and abroad, vying for his signature," Burns said. 

“To get another Socceroo onto the books is fantastic and he adds further quality and balance to what was already a very strong squad.

“The fact that he has been at a club of Lazio’s stature is a clear indication of the talent he possesses and he is also a proven performer at A-League level having scored three goals and provided four assists for Wanderers in only ten games last season."

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