Perth Glory have announced the signing of Australian midfielder Rostyn Griffiths on a two-year Hyundai A-League deal.
The 28-year old defensive-midfielder last played for his home–town club during the 2014/15 campaign before joining Dutch club Roda FC in the Eredevisie, where he made 20 appearances in all competitions and scored two goals.
Griffiths is currently on tour with Glory in the Philippines as part of its pre-season camp and took part in yesterday’s 2-1 win over the United Football Philippines League All-Stars at Rizal Memorial stadium.
“I’m really excited to be part of what is quickly becoming an impressive and solid team under the stewardship of Kenny Lowe," Griffiths said.
“I’ve played in China, I’ve had my stint in Europe and I’m focused on helping my home town club push for its first A-League title."
Griffiths said the prospect of playing alongside with some of his childhood teammates in Rhys Williams, Shane Lowry and Chris Herd, was also a lure.
“The chance of playing with the boys you’ve grown up with from your junior days is an attraction - but it’s not why I’ve signed," he said.
“Ultimately I’m here to play football and win a championship. Coming back to Perth is the right decision for me and I’m thankful the club and Kenny have given me this opportunity," he said.
“I want to do my best to repay them and give the supporters a chance to celebrate in what’s going to be a big 20th birthday year for the club, so in all honesty I’m pumped."
Coach Kenny Lowe was pleased he was able to add the reliable Griffiths to his strong line-up.
“We know what Rostyn can do. He was a rock for us a couple of years ago and he’s also quite handy in chipping in with a few goals and he’s another WA boy so he fits in with what we’re trying to do at the club”.
Griffiths has played a total of 106 Hyundai A-League matches since 2009.
He was part of the Central Coast Mariners Premiership winning team in 2012 before spending two seasons with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou RF.