The Spaniard will be supported by a three-man leadership group comprised of Andy Keogh, Shane Lowry and Liam Reddy.

“It’s a big honour and a responsibility at the same time,” he said. 

“But I’m taking that responsibility with all the support of my teammates and the coaching staff.

“It’s a positive thing in my career and I’m ready for the new challenge.

“I’ve been a captain before a couple of times in my career and this will be an experience that will help me grow and develop.”

Glory coach Tony Popovic is adamant that the man who joined Glory in 2015 is well qualified to lead the side.

“Diego was a natural choice,” he said.

"During the three seasons that he has spent here at Perth Glory, he has been a leader on and off the field.

"We are fortunate to have a strong leadership group in the squad which will be a great benefit for us throughout the exciting journey that lies ahead."