Signing news: Mexican defender Romero back for another bid for Glory

Perth Glory have added experienced Mexican defender Arianna Romero to their squad for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season, subject to international clearance.

Romero returns for a second stint in Perth having made 14 appearances for the club in the 2016/17 campaign, helping Glory reach the Grand Final.

The 27-year-old is a technically-gifted but tough-tackling central defender, who has also played in America's National Women's Soccer League with both Washington Spirit and Houston Dash, as well as stints in Iceland and Norway.

"When I was in Perth two years ago, I felt as though we made a lot of strides as a team and I evolved as a defender," Romero said.

"I’m looking forward to getting back to work, reuniting with my teammates, coaches and fans and working towards our goal of bringing a championship to Perth. 

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"With a lot of new talent coming through the W-League this season, I personally can’t wait to compete and work everyday to reach our goals.

"I’ve been itching to get back to soccer after a short off-season, so I can’t wait to meet the squad and to get the season started."


Glory boss Bobby Despotovski is thrilled to have a player of Romero's experience and ability at his disposal once again.

"Ari knows our system, the majority of our players and absolutely loves Perth," he said, "so she is a great fit.

"She is second to none in the stability she brings at centre-back and we know what she can deliver in terms of passing out from the back.

"Ari is also a natural leader, which will be especially important in what is a young group this year."

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Arianna Romero sliding
Arianna Romero made 14 appearances for Glory in his first stint with the club three seasons ago