Burns departs Football Director role at Glory

Perth Glory have confirmed long-serving Football Director Jacob Burns has departed the club to explore opportunities elsewhere.

In another off-field departure for the 2018/19 Premiers, Burns resigned from his post after a successful 11-year association with he club.

"I have decided that the time has come to step away and allow others to control the football direction,” Burns said on Glory’s website.

"I was honoured to be given the opportunity and am extremely proud of the legacy and foundations that I leave behind.

"During my time as Glory captain, I felt that our achievements put the club firmly back on the scene as a force within the new, modern A-League.

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"Since retiring and moving into a variety of other roles, I feel very proud to have been involved in founding the PGFC Academy, helping the Academy gain 2-star recognition and launching our first two Academy schools.

"In terms of the senior team, I am similarly proud of our four Finals and two FFA Cup Final appearances, reaching a Grand Final played out in front of a record crowd at Optus Stadium and, of course, securing the club’s maiden Premiers’ Plate and qualification for the AFC Champions League.

"It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye for now and I will continue to support the club I love from the stands.”

Burns’ departure follows the loss of coach Tony Popovic, who has moved to Greece with Xanthi FC.

Burns, a former Socceroos midfielder, joined Glory in 2009 as skipper and led the club to its maiden Grand Final appearance three years later.

Burns claimed the Joe Marston Medal for his performance in that 2012 decider and went on to play 116 A-League games in purple before hanging up his boots in 2014.

He subsequently worked as a PGFC Academy Coach, Director and Technical Director ahead of a move into the role of Football Director.

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