Signing news: Perth move for Swiss defender Wüthrich

Perth Glory have bolstered their Premiership defence with the formidable frame of Swiss centre back Gregory Wüthrich.

The 24-year-old, who stands at 1.92 metres tall, has signed for Tony Popovic's side on a one-year deal.

Wüthrich has represented Switzerland at every level from U15 to U21 and was a part of the Young Boys side that won the Swiss Super League title in 2017/18.

He boasts UEFA Champions League and Europa League experience, and has spent his entire career with Young Boys, his hometown club, other than a brief loan with top-flight rivals Grasshopper.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Wüthrich said. “I talked to Tony Popovic and after that conversation I was ready to join the club.”

“I was looking for a new challenge and the way the coach talked about the club’s style of play, in terms of playing out from the back, was very exciting and exactly what I wanted to hear.”

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"Everyone at the club has been really kind to me since my arrival here, it’s been a great first impression and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Perth Glory Football Director Jacob Burns said:“Gregory is a commanding central defender who is comfortable on the ball and he brings plenty of experience having played regularly in the Swiss Super League and also in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League,” he said.

“We believe that he has the ability to make a significant contribution for us in both the Hyundai A-League and Asian Champions League this season.”