Glory release Nichols

Perth Glory FC have announced the termination of Mitch Nichols' contract by mutual consent to allow the player to return early to his base in Japan.

The 26-year old midfielder arrived at Perth in the pre-season on loan, from Cerezo Osaka. He made 14 appearances for Glory, ten of which he started.

Nichols played a starring role for the team before suffering a hamstring injury on the eve of the Westfield FFA Cup Final in December.

He last played for Perth Glory in the team's 3-2 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 23.

Meantime Glory will host Sydney FC this Friday night in what's expected to be a tough grudge match at nib Stadium.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or  online here.