Above: Liz Anton leaps to win a header for Perth Glory against Wellington Phoenix last season. The NZ international joined Cyera Hintzen in re-signing with the club today. Photo: Kris Goman for Impetus.
Perth Glory have confirmed that international duo Liz Anton and Cyera Hintzen have re-signed with the club for the Liberty A-League’s 2022/23 Season.
Anton, who won the Most Glorious Player Award in what was her debut campaign for Glory in 2020/21, took her appearances tally for the club to 24 last term while also establishing herself as a regular member of the New Zealand squad.
Former US Under-19 international Hintzen, meanwhile, scored five times in eight starts in what was her maiden A-League campaign to claim Glory’s 2021/22 Golden Boot.
The pair are both confident that the club can build on the positives from last year and make a major impression in 2022/23.
“I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity to re-sign with Perth Glory,” said Hintzen. “We had an incredible group last season both on and off the field. With COVID, we didn’t get much time in Perth, so this year I’m looking forward to getting that full experience and joining the girls again to build on last season!”
Anton was equally delighted to join up for another season in Western Australia. “I’m super excited for the upcoming season,” added the Football Fern.
“We have a great mix of young talent and experience in our group and I can’t wait to be back working hard and getting ready for the season ahead. Last season we took a step in the right direction and I’m looking forward to playing my role in helping the team to build on that.”
Head Coach Alex Epakis is thrilled that two of the Liberty A-League’s most outstanding imports are back on board with the club.
“To secure the services of Liz for next season is fantastic,” he said. “She has certainly grown and developed into being a senior player within our group over her first two seasons with us, she has been consistent and reliable and this has led to her being involved in New Zealand national team squads over the past 18 months.
“A player who thrives in difficult moments, she is someone that the team and I can always rely on. Liz will continue to be a key player for us this season and I am pleased to be able to work with her again.”
Epakis also highlighted why he was so keen to tie Cyera Hintzen down for another season. “Cyera was a real x-factor player for us last season. She was able to score key goals in important moments for us across the season and her ability to press high, score, and link play in attack provided the team with a real outlet.
“To have her back this year is very exciting and I sincerely believe she can have an even bigger impact. Both players will provide strong foundations through the spine of our team and continue to be key players in the way we want to play going forward.”
Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata believes that the re-signing of Anton and Hintzen provides another clear indication of the positive trajectory of the club’s Liberty A-League team.
“Liz and Cyera were a key part of the squad which performed so well under incredibly challenging circumstances last season and the fact that they are returning for 2022/23 shows how much they believe in the way Alex is driving the team forward,” he said.
“Retaining their services is a huge positive for the club and I’m sure our Members and fans will be very excited at the prospect of seeing both of them in action once again next season.”
The news comes hot on the heels of captain Tash Rigby signing a new deal yesterday. A number of the squad’s other key players are already about to go into the second year of their existing contracts.