17/04/2024
Whilst Stajcic says he hopes the resolved ownership will bring a level of comfort, it won't change how his team goes about their job on the pitch. PHOTO: Provided.

Whilst Stajcic says he hopes the resolved ownership will bring a level of comfort, it won't change how his team goes about their job on the pitch. PHOTO: Provided.

After months of doubt and uncertainty, the Perth Glory football have finally confirmed new ownership today, lead by property developer Ross Pelligra.

The Glory will be the Pelligra Group’s second investment in football, Serie C club Catania FC in Italy also on the books of the family-owned business, in addition to some smaller Australian clubs in baseball, basketball and ice hockey.

Pelligra says that he is relishing the opportunity to re-establish the Glory to what he believes was the benchmark for Australian football.

“I remember watching Perth Glory when I was a child on TV back in Melbourne and thinking that football had arrived in this country when I saw a packed Perth Oval every home game and a team that played an exciting and attacking brand of football that had everyone in Perth captivated,” he said.

“That is the energy we know exists here and that is the energy we must rediscover. We have learned from our previous experiences with other sporting franchises, but every team is different, every city is different and it is important we listen and learn.

“I want to return the club back to the Glory days. We want it to be the envy of every other A-League club, just like it was when it was first founded. I know that we have a strong football community here in Perth and it’s time to reunite.”

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The deal is still subject to usual regulatory approval, including Football Australia’s ‘Fit and Proper Persons’ check, which will have some Perth fans sweating after a deal fell through in November between the club and a consortium led by the Primeland Group.

Whilst some Glory fans may not have fully expelled the breath they’ve been holding for sometime now, Anthony Radich, CEO of Perth Glory says that this announcement is reason for optimism.

“Today’s announcement brings to an end what has been an extremely challenging period for Perth Glory and opens a new and exciting chapter in our history,” he said.

“With these key building blocks in place, Perth Glory’s enormous potential can be unlocked and the sustained success which our loyal Members and fans crave and deserve can be delivered.

“We look forward to working closely with our new owners to help drive Perth Glory into what will undoubtedly be a bright new era for the club.”

The sentiment about the future of Perth Glory is one shared by Nick Garcia, the A-Leagues Commissioner.

“There is an incredible opportunity that exists for football in Western Australia. We believe that with this new ownership, the future of Perth Glory is in safe hands and we look forward to seeing them deliver success both on and off the pitch,” he said.

“Perth Glory is one of Australia’s oldest and most decorated professional football clubs and we are pleased to welcome Ross Pelligra to the A-Leagues as the club enters a new era.”

The Glory will play their first game under the new owners on Saturday night when the men’s team take on the Brisbane Roar, at HBF Park.

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