Defender Dane Ingham and forward Nick D’Agostino have signed two-year deals with Perth Glory, the club confirmed today.
The duo, who were teammates at Brisbane Roar, joined the rest of the Glory squad for pre-season training earlier this week.
A senior New Zealand international with seven caps to his name, 20-year-old Ingham is a versatile defender who can play on either the right or the left and made 19 appearances during his three seasons with Roar.
D’Agostino, 21, is a similarly versatile player who can operate anywhere across the forward line and in addition to 35 A-League games for Brisbane, has also represented Australia at both Under-17 and Under-23 level.
Both new signings are excited at the prospect of helping Glory build on last season’s Premiership success.
“After such a good year, it’s clear that the club is moving in an upwards direction,” said Ingham. “That made my decision really easy when I found out that the club was keen to bring me over.
“Hopefully I can start as many games as possible and add some depth to the squad.”
D’Agostino added: “I’m very excited and have come here to improve as a footballer.
“Tony Popovic is a great manager who gets the best out of players, especially young players.
“He’s promised to get the best out of me and hopefully I can help the club go one step further and win the Grand Final this season.”
Glory CEO Tony Pignata believes the double signing is an example of the club’s ambition to challenge for honours on a regular basis.
“Sustained success is only possible if the squad is improved year-in, year-out,” he said. “And we believe that the addition of Dane and Nick does exactly that.”
Football Director Jacob Burns feels the duo have the potential to make a big impact over the next two years.
“They are both young, talented, versatile players who already have some solid experience behind them and are hungry for success,” he said.
“Their ability and ambition make them a great fit for our squad and we are delighted to have them on board.”