New deal for Dadi
Star striker Eugene Dadi has signed a new one-year deal with Perth Glory, the club announced on Wednesday.
Star striker Eugene Dadi has signed a new one-year deal with Perth Glory, the club announced on Wednesday
Dadi, however, will not be available for the Glory's last two matches this season, as he will be loaned to FC Vaduz for an undisclosed fee to help the Lichtenstein-based club lift itself out of the relegation places in the Swiss first division competition.
Dadi, who has scored 10 goals this season, said a combination of the Perth lifestyle and the Glory's good late-season form helped convince him to remain at the club.
"Mitch (coach Dave Mitchell) told me his plans for next season and I wanted to be part of this," Dadi said.
"Everything's been great here for me, fans, people at the club, players of course. Everything's been good and people have been good to me, so it's important I stay."
"The future's looking bright and it starts from next season. There's some great players coming in and I want to be part of this."
Dadi admitted to seriously considering Newcastle's offer to join the club to take part in the Asian Champions League but said a combination of the team, the fans and the fact he is now settled in Perth with his wife and son led to his decision to stay.
However, Dadi is glad to have the opportunity to play for Vaduz until the end of the season as he felt a four-month off-season would have hindered his ability to stay match fit.
"It's a top club, top division in Switzerland, so it would be nice to get more experience," he said.
Dadi is the second Perth Glory player to join FC Vaduz on a loan deal. Jamie Harnwell played 12 matches for the club in early 2008, scoring five goals and helping the club get promoted to the top flight for the first time.
Harnwell, though, returned to the club with a niggling hip injury that forced him to miss three matches at the start of this season.
Mitchell admitted on Wednesday that he was concerned the same thing would happen with Dadi.
Mitchell said Dadi's return to Perth in June was far from ideal for the club's pre-season preparations.
"There's a bit of concern, but you can't help that," Mitchell said. "He comes back in June and then we'll have to manage him."
"He feels it's better for his body to go and play somewhere else and keep fit."
"It helps the club financially and it helps him financially, so everyone's a bit of a winner out of that sort of deal."
Mitchell said he was glad Dadi had agreed to stay, despite having been non-committal about re-signing the striker when asked over the last few months, saying then that the 35-year-old's future would be decided at the end of the season.
"Eugene indicated to me quite a while back that he liked Perth, he loves the lifestyle and he wanted to stay, so there was no rush (to sign him)," Mitchell said.
"But, seeing as he's going overseas for a short spell we had to wrap things up pretty quickly."
"We want to have strength in depth and he's someone that's scored 10 goals ... so we've now got a base, a good core of players so far (for next season)," he said.
Dadi's 10 goals makes him the highest-scoring import in Hyundai A-League history, two goals ahead of former Sydney striker Dwight Yorke, who scored eight from 22 appearances in 2005-06.