Ex-Premier League defender William Gallas joins Perth Glory.
Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham defender William Gallas has joined A-League outfit Perth Glory on a one-year deal.
The 36-year-old was released by Spurs at the end of the last season and the Frenchman’s arrival in Perth is a significant coup for the A-League.
Gallas, who began his career in France with Caen and Marseille before joining Chelsea in 2001, won two Premier League titles with the Blues.
The centre-half was linked with Melbourne Victory before Ange Postecoglou’s side landed Chilean Pablo Contreras but is confident he can make an impact for Perth.
“After speaking to Alistair Edwards and Jason Brewer, the passion and ambition in the voices of both gentlemen enticed me to this new challenge in Australia,” he said. “I look forward to wearing with pride the Jersey of Perth Glory for this season.
“I hope to help my new team mates and club achieve success in this season and hope to help deliver to the fans of Perth the championship they are looking for. I look forward to this new challenge and hope to excite the fans.”
Gallas’ agent confirmed the experienced defender had received offers from the Middle East and MLS but says Perth were most committed to securing his signature.
“This is a credit to the A-league on how far it’s come since its inaugural season and the profile of a club such as Perth Glory and the people behind the scenes that make this a great club,” agent Pierre Frelot said.
“I would like to thank the club on the professionalism it has shown throughout discussions with myself and my representatives and the people who made it happen in Australia.”