Glory sign former Portsmouth youngster

Perth Glory FC have bolstered their defensive stocks for the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season with the signing of young defender Alex Grant.

The 21-year old who was born in Manchester but moved to Perth with his family as a child, learnt his trade at ECU Joondalup and Football West’s NTC Program, before signing a two year scholarship with English club Portsmouth in 2010.

He was then signed by Stoke City in 2013.

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“I’m really thrilled and excited to be heading back to Perth to play in the Hyundai A-League and it’s only fitting that I do it in my home town," Grant said.

“I’ve learnt a lot playing in England for the past five years but it’s time to change tact and push myself in the domestic league, it’s a wonderful opportunity and I’m thankful to the club for believing in me."

Glory head coach Kenny Lowe said Grant who is a left footer, was the right type of mix he was looking to bring in.

“Alex is a great young lad, with plenty of potential, he’s a natural left footer, is very flexible in that he can play a number of positions and that suits us for what we want," Lowe said.

“We are injecting new blood into this coming season and there’ll be a few more players to come” he said.

During his time in the UK Grant played 44 matches and scored three goals in England’s domestic lower leagues.

Despite being born in England, Grant was called to play for Australia’s U17 team and was in the provisional 35-man squad for the 2011 U-17 World Cup.

Grant will join the Perth Glory squad early next month, as the team prepares for its pre-season campaign.