Thwaite heads west

Perth Glory have confirmed the capture of former Gold Coast United defender Michael Thwaite, further boosting their already impressive squad.

Perth Glory have confirmed the capture of former Gold Coast United defender Michael Thwaite, further boosting their already impressive squad.

In-demand Thwaite signed a two-year deal with the Hyundai A-League grand finallists, much to the delight of Glory boss Ian Ferguson.

“It-s a fantastic coup to bring a quality player like Michael across to Western Australia,” Ferguson said.

“I am delighted, Michael is a leader and a winner. He-s very comfortable in possession, he can switch the play, breaks the lines also can drive through the middle.

“Michael has been one of the league-s better players for the last three seasons.”

A six- time Socceroo, Thwaite has represented Australia at three different levels and also enjoyed a five year stint in Europe playing for National Bururesti (Romania), Wisla Krakow (Poland) and SK Brann (Norway).

Thwaite returned to Australia in the 2008/09 Hyundai A-League and was on loan at Melbourne Victory before spending the last three seasons with Gold Coast United.

“I-m relieved to finally know where I am heading,” Thwaite said.

“Within the Perth Glory squad I have previously played with eight or so of the boys and that was a big factor in my decision.

“I also spent two years together with the captain Jacob in Poland so it-s nice to have these combinations."