Srhoj extends A-League deal with Glory

January 7, 2009
By Justin Chadwick

With two new A-League franchises on the prowl for players, Perth Glory have moved quickly to re-sign midfielder Wayne Srhoj until the end of the 2009/10 season.

But the Glory appear destined to lose defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley, who has reportedly already agreed terms with the Newcastle Jets.

Srhoj has formed an important relationship with skipper Jamie Coyne in the centre of midfield since arriving at the club earlier in the season from Romania.

The 26-year-old, who was born in Queensland, was linked to a move to North Queensland Fury next season but said he was happy to remain in Perth.

"I enjoy the West Australian lifestyle, the club is well set-up and I'm really happy to be here for another season," Srhoj said.

Glory coach Dave Mitchell hoped Srhoj's commitment would encourage other players to follow his lead.

"There are a several other players we're talking to and I think with guys like Wayne showing their loyalty and wanting to be a part of Perth Glory next season it is a positive sign," Mitchell said.

"Wayne is influential on the pitch and can dictate the play, he is constantly trying to better himself and I'm sure we'll see even more of what he has to offer next season.

"A sign of a good player is not being caught on the ball and he doesn't allow that to happen.

"Wayne has good vision, plays things simple and doesn't over elaborate, he is a smart footballer.

"He takes people on at the right times and has a good finish when he gets in dangerous areas."

Srhoj will return to Perth's starting line-up for Sunday's home clash with Melbourne after missing last week's loss to Central Coast with a corked thigh.