Castro takes his place in 'pantheon of Glory greats' as he bids farewell to Perth

DIEGO Castro's decorated Perth Glory stint has officially come to an end, with the club announcing the Spaniard would not return in purple for the 2021/22 Isuzu UTE A-League season.

The 39-year-old played the last of his 136 A-League games for Glory last season, with 49 goals and 30 assists to his name over a remarkable six-season spell in the west.

Castro departs a club legend, a player who has so far defined the club's post-NSL era. A Johnny Warren Medalist, a two-time member of the PFA Team of the Year, a three-time recipient of the club's Most Glorious Player Award and an integral member of Perth's 2018/19 Premiership-winning side, Castro's accomplishments match the brilliance he displayed on-field throughout his six Isuzu UTE A-League campaigns, performing with skill, guile, grace and class to endear himself to the Glory faithful, and fans around the league.

Perth CEO Tony Pignata says Castro's status as one of the greatest ever players to have worn the shirt in the club's 25-year history is a foregone conclusion.

"Diego has been one of the best players Australian football has ever seen," he said in a club statement, "and undoubtedly Glory’s greatest overseas recruit of all time.

"His place in the pantheon of Glory greats is well and truly assured and on behalf of our members and fans, I would like to sincerely thank him for the massive contribution he has made over the past six years.

"We have been fortunate to have had the pleasure of watching a player of his quality and he will always remain a cherished and much-loved member of the Glory family.

"We would like to take this opportunity to wish Diego and his family all the very best for the future."

Diego Castro and family with Premiers Plate

Perth Glory Owner and Chairman Tony Sage says he's never seen an overseas import leave a greater impact on the Isuzu UTE A-League than the departing Spaniard.

"Diego has been phenomenal since day one of wearing the purple," Sage said.

"In my opinion, he has been the greatest visa player to visit Australia.

"I am personally very sad that he is leaving and wish him and his family all the best in their future."