Coyne commits to Perth Glory

January 29, 2008

Surprise Socceroo call-up Jamie Coyne has turned down rumoured overtures from Melbourne and Adelaide to remain at A-League also-rans Perth Glory for the next two years.

Coyne's breakthrough season within the struggling Perth side so impressed new Socceroo coach Pim Verbeek he was rewarded with a call up to the initial training camps in Sydney.

Although Coyne was not among the 39-man squad for the World Cup qualifier against Qatar next month, he did reportedly impress both Melbourne and Adelaide enough to warrant serious enquiries.

But Coyne on Tuesday agreed a new two year deal to stay in Western Australia, which a delighted coach Dave Mitchell said was a sign the former NSL champions still held some clout, despite three disappointing A-League seasons.

"Jamie has had an outstanding season and it was important that we retained him for a variety of reasons," Mitchell said.

"He is obviously a quality player and will be a key ingredient for us moving forward.

"His signature also sends a clear message that Perth is a great place to play football and the Glory is on the way up.

"Both Jamie Coyne and Jamie Harnwell, who signed with us late last week, could have been tempted by bigger dollars but they have shown a terrific allegiance to the club.

"They want to be part of a successful Perth Glory side and with their contributions, we'll make a good fist of it and take this club back to the top."

English midfielder James Robinson has also extended his stay in Perth for another year after joining in 2007/08 after a spell with Melbourne Victory.

Perth Glory now has eleven contracted players for the 2008/09 season.