A-League news

Vukovic to chase Glory in Perth

December 14, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic will look to revive his stalled career in Western Australia after signing for Perth Glory for the next three A-League seasons.

Danny Vukovic, Wellington Phoenix
GettyImagesDanny Vukovic is heading to Perth Glory at the end of the season

Vukovic, 25, is currently playing for Wellington Phoenix after his move to Turkey collapsed before the start of the current campaign.

He was once seen as a potential successor to Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer during his successful five-year spell at Central Coast Mariners, where he got his break as a teenager before going on to become a fan favourite.

He finally bid farewell to the Coast to try to launch a career in European football earlier this year but Turkish club Konyaspor sensationally sacked Vukovic just weeks after signing him due to a change of coach and the club exceeding its quota of foreign players.

Wellington offered Vukovic a lifeline and though he has largely played second fiddle to All Whites 'keeper Mark Paston this season, the young Australian is set to play regularly for the rest of the season after Paston broke his leg at the weekend. Ironically, the chance to return to the Central Coast arose as his replacement Jess Vanstrattan suffered a season-ending injury but Vukovic had already put pen to paper with the Phoenix.

After a turbulent year, Vukovic said he had shelved plans to crack Europe for now and was simply happy to take the security and stability of a three-year deal in Australia.

Vukovic, who will link with former Mariners assistant coach and now Perth boss Ian Ferguson at the Glory, told Sportal: "They've offered me a good contract over there for three years. There's a bit of security there and I can go over there and settle down with my girlfriend. I know the coach well. He's a good coach and ready to do some good things with the club. It's an exciting time for me when I go over there but I'm just focusing on Wellington Phoenix at the moment."