French striker Dadi re-signs with Glory

January 13, 2009
By Justin Chadwick

Perth Glory have re-signed French striker Eugene Dadi until the end of the 2009/10 A-League season.

Dadi has been a revelation for the Glory this season, netting 10 goals in a successful strike partnership with speedster Nikita Rukavytsya.

But the 35-year-old will miss the Glory's final two games of the season as he begins a five-month loan spell with Swiss Super League club FC Vaduz.

He is expected to return to Perth in June to rejoin the Glory for pre-season training.

"My preference was to keep playing so I could be ready for next season," Dadi said. "I don't like days off and having four months off wasn't an ideal situation for me so when this opportunity came I thought it would be the best solution.

"I'm a competitor and there will be much more competition for places next season at the club.

"There are some great players that the club is looking at bringing here and that will raise the level of our performances."

Glory coach Dave Mitchell praised Dadi's work ethic and performances since arriving in Perth.

"Eugene has been an ultimate professional, you can see that he is enjoying his football and enjoying the lifestyle in Western Australia and I think that has translated to his performances on the pitch," Mitchell said.

"I remember saying when Eugene first joined the squad that he would be a fan favourite and he's more than lived up to the expectations from the club and from our members and supporters.

"He's a unique player and character and brings a certain flair to the game. It is something that has been well received not just by our fans but those across the league and we're happy to have Eugene here for another season."