Above: Perth Glory’s squad join together – and the 2022/23 version is building nicely. Photo: Kris Goman for Impetus.
Perth Glory today confirmed that five more players have re-signed with the club for the Liberty A-League 2022/23 Season.
Sarah Cain, Aideen Keane, Demi Koulizakis, Sadie Lawrence, and Susan Phonsongkham will all wear purple again next term, taking the number of contracted players in the Glory squad to 16.
22-year-old midfielder Cain featured in each of the club’s 14 games last season, starting six of those, while Aideen Keane made seven appearances and scored twice in the final two games of the campaign.
Demi Koulizakis played six times despite unfortunately being sidelined for two months by a knee injury, Lawrence marked her return to the Glory fold by making seven starts and three substitute appearances and Phonsongkham scored once and claimed two assists during her nine games.
Head Coach Alex Epakis believes that retaining the core of his squad from last term will prove vital in helping the club to achieve its goals in 2022/23.
“All five players played a pivotal role at key times throughout the season,” he said. “They each bring something different to the team with their respective skill-sets as well as their character.
“We want to continue to progress as a team and Sarah, Aideen, Demi, Sadie, and Susan are a big part of that.”
With Morgan Aquino, Alana Jancevski, Hana Lowry, Claudia Mihocic, Sofia Sakalis, and Tijan McKenna already under contract and Natasha Rigby, Cyera Hintzen, Liz Anton, Abbey Green and Isabella Wallhead having penned new deals, the vast majority of the Glory squad is now locked in and Epakis is delighted at the way it is coming together.
“The focus has been on having consistency in the squad because we spent a considerable amount of time investing in the recruitment process last year,” he said. “It was always meant to create more stability and longevity in a squad that can play a certain style, so the fact that we’ve been able to maintain a squad that looks very similar to last year’s is certainly something that’s positive.
“We’re aware of the culture we have, we’re aware of the way we like to play and we’re aware of what can be achieved on the back of what was a really big step forward last season. The squad is really taking shape and we’re comfortable with where we’re at currently. We will continue to search for players who can strengthen the team on and off the field leading into the start of next season.”
Glory CEO Tony Pignata also believes that the club is on course to enjoy a very successful Liberty A-League campaign.
“Alex has worked extremely hard to assemble a squad which we believe will perform extremely well next term,” he said. “The five players who have re-signed today, along with all the others who were already on board, served the club with distinction on and off the field last season and we look forward to them doing Glory proud once again in 2022/23.”
Current Perth Glory Squad for Liberty A-League Season 2022/23
Liz Anton, Morgan Aquino, Sarah Cain, Abbey Green, Cyera Hintzen, Alana Jancevski, Aideen Keane, Demi Koulizakis, Hana Lowry, Sadie Lawrence, Tijan McKenna, Claudia Mihocic, Susan Phonsongkham, Natasha Rigby, Sofia Sakalis, Isabella Wallhead.