Matildas great De Vanna resumes career with Perth Glory


Matildas great Lisa De Vanna will chase another A-League Women’s title after signing with hometown club Perth Glory for the 2021/22 season.

De Vanna’s signing with the Glory comes after she made allegations last month of historical abuse during her career in Australian football.

Her allegations led to the formation of an independent complaint management process to be managed by Sport Integrity Australia.

De Vanna’s storied career appeared over when she left reigning champions Melbourne Victory in September.

But the 37-year-old said she recently decided “to get back on board” by joining the Glory after discussions with head coach Alex Epakis and owner and chairman Tony Sage.

“Alex Epakis has created a safe, supportive environment and Tony Sage showed me great respect by going out of his way to meet me in person, which I really appreciated and am grateful for,” De Vanna said in a Glory statement.

“Alex has put no pressure or expectation on me; just for me to fall in love with the game again.

“I started my career here and now I want to give back to the family, friends and fans who have supported me all the way along my football journey.”

Epakis said De Vanna would play a significant role as a member of his squad.

“She has a proven track record at every level of the game, is extremely motivated to succeed on a team level and will provide even further X-factor to our attack,” he said.

“Lisa has been involved with the team for over a month now, has fitted in extremely well into our environment and culture and is focused on working hard to ensure the team has a competitive campaign.”

De Vanna has had two previous stints with the Glory, in the 2008/09 and 2012/13 seasons.

She won W-League championships with the Victory, Melbourne City, Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar.

De Vanna was twice named in the FIFA Women’s World Cup All Star team and was a member of the Matildas’ victorious Asian Cup squad in 2010.

The Glory have never won an A-League Women’s championship, despite making three grand final appearances.

They begin their season on December 4 against Brisbane Roar.

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