Artwork: Perth Glory FC.
Perth Glory confirmed today that experienced central defender Kim Carroll has re-signed with the club for the Liberty A-League 2022/23 Season.
34-year-old Carroll started every game last year in what was her sixth season in purple and her 12th in the competition overall.
The 58-times-capped Matilda first signed for Glory in 2015 and with the exception of the 2020/21 campaign which she spent representing her first club, Brisbane Roar, she has barely missed a game since.
Having been encouraged by the team’s performance under challenging circumstances last term, she is confident that a Finals spot is a realistic target for next season.
“I’m still enjoying playing and challenging myself in the league,” she said. “The competitiveness is still there. “Last year we had a fairly successful year with huge improvements.
“[Head Coach] Alex [Epakis] had more time to recruit and get a solid squad together and we gelled well together considering we were essentially away for the entire season. “From conversations I’ve had with Alex since last season, he’s keen to improve us as players and go that little bit further and get into the top four next season.
“He’s kept the squad together as much as possible, so we’ll all be familiar with each other and know how he wants us to play and what the expectations are. No one has a safe spot anymore and that is a good thing to have in a team. It creates a competitive training environment which in turn leads into the games.”
Epakis believes that Carroll will be a key figure for the club once again in 2022/23. “I am really pleased to have Kim re-sign for the upcoming ALW season,” he said. “She is one of the most experienced and proven players in the competition and having returned to the club last season, made an instant impact both on and off the field.
“The team and I certainly benefited from her level of on-field performance and her overall experience. Moreover, she has strong leadership qualities and a really good understanding of the game and the style of play we work towards each week. “I look forward to working with her again this season and I know she is very determined and committed to helping us progress further as a team.”
Glory CEO Tony Pignata is similarly delighted that one of the club’s greatest ever defenders is staying on board.
“Kim remains one of the standout centre-backs in the league,” he said, “and she was a cornerstone of the team that performed so well under incredibly challenging circumstances last year. She continues to be a fantastic asset for the club and I’m sure all our Members and fans are looking forward to seeing her in action again next season.”
Further signing announcements are expected in the near future from the club.