Perth Glory cult hero Dino Djulbic has re-signed for another A-League season after making an amazing recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Djulbic suffered a partial ACL tear during Glory's grand final loss to Sydney FC on May 19, but bravely played out the match.
The 36-year-old opted against surgery in a bid to make a swift return, and amazingly has made a full recovery in just four-and-a-half months.
Djulbic is expected to be in the selection frame for Glory's season opener against Brisbane on October 13 in Perth.
The defender's re-signing is important given that Socceroo Matthew Spiranovic is highly unlikely to return.
"It means a lot to re-sign for another season," Djulbic said.
"It's a very exciting time to be at Glory. We've got our first Asian Champions League campaign, which is a massive achievement for the club and I know the boys can't wait to put their best foot forward in the competition.
"To win the Premiership last season was huge. It's why we play and this is why I'm here; to make this club successful.
"With the boss (Tony Popovic) here, I know we can achieve more success and that's why I wanted to continue to be a part of this club."
Glory's defence will have a new look next season following the departures of Jason Davidson, Scott Neville, Shane Lowry, and Spiranovic.
Fringe Socceroo James Meredith and Swiss Gregory Wuthrich are new defensive signings, while fellow recruit Osama Malik can play in the midfield or in defence.