Key Defender Returns For Glory Plus Award Night Wrap

It’s been yet another busy week in Western Australia as Perth Glory brought back a big name from their past and recognised last season’s key players at their awards night.

Perth Glory confirmed earlier in the week that experienced defender Kim Carroll (pictured above by Jason McCawley of Getty Images) has re-joined the club for the 2021/22 W-League season.

The 33-year-old made more than 60 appearances in purple over the course of five seasons, featuring in two Grand Finals for the Western Australians, before returning to her previous club Brisbane Roar in 2020.

Having helped the Queenslanders reach the Finals last season, the former Matilda with 54 senior international caps to her name is looking forward to playing her part in driving Glory towards the same objective in the coming campaign.

“Essentially I’m based in Perth now, so I wanted to return to my new home,” she said.

“Head coach Alex Epakis has a plan for the club in the short and long term, he’s very competitive and has that winning mentality, so it all seems very exciting.

“He’s signed some young, up-and-coming players and is looking to create a competitive environment and only good things can come from that.

“At a personal level, I want to be fit and healthy and playing at my best and challenge other people within the team as I hope they challenge me.

“And in terms of the team targets, any team would be crazy if they said they didn’t want a top-four finish.”

Epakis, meanwhile, believes that Carroll is another key signing for Glory whose positive influence will be felt on and off the field.

“Kim returning to the club is without doubt a fantastic outcome.
She has a priceless amount of experience and will bring an added level of leadership to our group.

“From all my contact with her so far, it is very clear that she is a determined character and is ready to come back to Glory and play a part in helping the team improve. “Overall, Kim is a very welcome addition and I can’t wait to work closely with her to help her perform at the best level possible.”

Glory CEO Tony Pignata is similarly pleased to see a player of Carroll’s stature back in the Glory fold.

“Kim remains one of the standout defenders in the competition and was a cornerstone of our side for many years. It’s fantastic that she has decided to return and be a part of what is a very exciting project currently underway at the club,” he said.

Meanwhile on Friday, Liz Anton was named as Perth Glory’s 2021 Most Glorious Player (MGP) Award winners at the club’s awards night held at Crown Perth.

Above: Liz Anton won the big award on the night at Crown Perth. Photo: Perth Glory FC.

Anton was rewarded for a string of fine performances during what was her maiden W-League campaign, with her fellow-New Zealander, Lily Alfeld, also claiming a trophy in the form of the W-League Players’ Player of the Year Award.

Others to feature on the W-League honours list were Western Australian duo Caitlin Doeglas and Hana Lowry who shared the W-League Golden Boot and Marianna Tabain who was acknowledged for reaching the milestone of 100 W-League games.

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