Glory lock-in Stanton for 2018/19 Season

Fan-favourite Nikki Stanton will play a fourth season with Perth Glory after signing a new deal with the club for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.

The 27-year-old, who debuted for Glory back in 2015, has been one of the club's best performers in recent seasons and is thrilled to be back in the west.

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Stanton ensured an injury-plagued 2017/18 campaign after she broke her arm in the Round 2 win against Brisbane Roar.

Ironically, that fixture is the same one Glory faces to open the new season in just over two weeks time.

"I'm extremely excited to be back," Stanton said.

"Perth has turned into a home away from home for me.

"I've fallen in love with the city, the club and the girls and I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season and hopefully getting a championship title."

The all-action American midfielder began her career in her native Washington State with Seattle Sounders and then spent three highly-successful seasons at Sky Blue FC.

She joined Chicago Red Stars - the same side as fellow Glory star Sam Kerr - earlier this year and went on to make 16 starts for the club which the NWSL season in fourth spot.

Renowned for her consistency and tenacity, Glory boss Bobby Despotovski is expecting Stanton to reinforce her reputation as one of the Westfield W-League's most influential players.

"Nikki started at the club at the same time I did and she's been great for us," he said.

"She knows the league, she brings stability into the centre of midfield and I'm confident that she'll perform once again to the high standards that she has set  over the last few years."

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