Confirmed: Glory sign Caltex Socceroos defender

Perth Glory has continued to bolster its squad for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season with the addition of Caltex Socceroos defender Jason Davidson.

The 27-year-old left-back has agreed to a one-year deal with Glory.

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Davidson will play in the Hyundai A-League for the first time after a career which has featured spells in Portugal, Holland and England.

He has played for clubs like Pacos de Fereira, Heracles Almelo, Groningen, West Bromwich Albion and Huddersfield Town.

Most recently the Melburnian was on the books of Croatian side Rijeka from whom he spent last season on loan in Slovenia at Olimpija Ljublijana, helping them seal a league and cup double.

Davidson made his Caltex Socceroos debut against Scotland in 2012, going on to feature in all three matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil.

He was also a key member of Australia’s historic 2015 AFC Asian Cup triumph on home soil, scoring a goal in the 2-0 semi-final win over the UAE in Newcastle.

“I spoke to Tony Popovic when I was overseas and the project that he outlined was very appealing to me and also for my wife and family,” Davidson said.

“I want to get some consistency in my football, work hard and get back into the national team.

“I think Tony can give me that platform and I’m very excited to be here.

 “I want to win titles and the quality of the players that have signed show that Tony, Jacob Burns [Football Director] and everyone here has that same intent.

“I’ve got to work hard and stay focused and I believe collectively, as a team, we can get the job done.”

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Davidson has played 22 times for the Caltex Socceroos and joins fellow 2015 Asian Cup winners Ivan Franjic and Matthew Spiranovic at Glory.  Neil Kilkenny and Dino Djulbic are the other two Perth players to have represented the Caltex Socceroos.

“Jason is another high-quality, Australian defender who has forged a very successful career overseas and we beat off stiff competition from a host of clubs both here and overseas in order to sign him,” Glory’s Football Director Jacob Burns said.

“He brings great ability, athleticism and a winning mentality."

Davidson's first competitive appearance for Glory could come in the FFA Cup Round of 32, when they host Melbourne Victory on Tuesday, August 7.

Jason Davidson
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