Above: Liz Anton’s return is another hugely important piece of business completed by Perth Glory. Photo via Perth Glory.
Perth Glory have confirmed that defender New Zealand international Liz Anton, who won the club’s player of the year award last season, is returning to the club for the new W-League campaign.
The 22-year-old made a huge impact in what was her maiden W-League campaign last year, playing every minute of Glory’s 12 games and being rewarded for her outstanding performance levels with the club’s Most Glorious Player Award.
Having recently returned from Tokyo where she was a part of New Zealand’s Football Ferns squad, Anton is thrilled at the prospect of building upon the impressive start she has made to her Glory career.
“I’m so excited to be back at Perth for a second season,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to meeting some new faces and to getting back training with the girls in what will be a competitive environment.”
Head Coach Alex Epakis, meanwhile, believes that the Auckland-born centre-back will be a cornerstone of Glory’s defence once again this term.
“We are really happy to have Liz back this season,” he said.
“She returns on the back of her Olympics experience and spending the majority of the off-season involved in national team training camps in New Zealand.
“Liz was a player who really stood out and played an important role throughout some of the difficulties of last season.
“It is easy forget she is still very young, but she plays with experience and conducts herself in such a fantastic way on and off the field and is a real benchmark athlete and person!
“I am fully aware of how focused she is to return and help the team and club bring our vision to life and I am excited to work closely with her to further assist her personal development.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Glory CEO Tony Pignata.
“Liz was one of the best defenders across the entire competition last season and a very worthy winner of our coveted MGP Award,” he said.
“She’ll be a key figure in what we are confident will be a highly-competitive team in 2021/22 and I’m sure our Members and fans are looking forward to seeing her star in purple once again.”