A-League: New owner for Perth Glory

Perth Glory has secured a new owner on the eve of the 2023-24 men’s A-League season.

Having gone into receivership in July after long-time owner Tony Sage gave up the club’s licence, the Glory’s future has been secured by Melbourne property developer Robert Brij.

Brij runs property investment and development group Primeland, which will lead a consortium taking charge of the club and its licence.

“We are honoured to have been handed this great responsibility, acknowledging we are just the third ownership group to lead the club in 27 years,” Brij said.

“We believe in the potential of football, the potential of the A-League and particularly in the potential of Perth Glory.

“At its best, Glory was a representation of Perth and WA, and we are eager to reconnect, especially with the fans and bring everyone along for the journey in what we believe will be an exciting future for the club.”

Entrepreneur John Nekic, who co-ordinated the bid alongside Primeland Group, will become the Glory’s executive chairman.

“Perth Glory’s role in the history of Australian football is profound, born from the inspiration of the Perth Kangaroos and played a key role in the formation of the A-League,” Nekic said.

“We want to continue that trailblazing spirit. In the first instance, we are eager to engage, listen and understand the opportunities that exist for Glory.”

Australian Professional Leagues chief executive officer Danny Townsend said there had been an “incredible volume of interest during the bidding process” for the Glory’s licence.

“(It) is testament to the opportunity that exists for football in Western Australia,” Townsend said.

“Together with the recent announcement of the preferred bidder for Auckland’s expansion team, the strength of interest in the A-League is stronger than ever both domestically and internationally.

“We wish the new owners, the club and Perth Glory members and fans all the best for the seasons ahead.”

Townsend also thanked the WA government for its “strong support during this transition period and into the future”.

Full licence approval is subject to Football Australia approval, with formal completion of the new ownership deal expected by early next month.

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