Glory bolster defensive stocks as Spiranovic holds out on A-League return


Perth Glory have signed defender Osama Malik on a three-year deal, but the future of Socceroo Matthew Spiranovic remains up in the air.

Malik, who can operate as a central defender, full-back or holding midfielder, has played for Adelaide United, North Queensland Fury and most recently Melbourne City in the A-League.

The 28-year-old left Melbourne City in January to link up with Saudi Arabian club Al-Batin, but jumped at the chance to join Perth Glory.

"For me, Tony Popovic is the best manager in the country and someone that I've wanted to work under for a while," Malik said.

"So I'm very happy to be here and can't wait to get started."

Malik's signing is crucial as Glory attempts to shore up a new-look defence.

Wing backs Jason Davidson and Scott Neville have already left the club, while central defender Dino Djulbic is nursing a torn anterior cruciate ligament from last season's grand final.

The future of Spiranovic remains the biggest talking point with the 31-year-old still undecided on his future.

Spiranovic overcame a long-term hip issue to play a key role as Glory secured the Premiers Plate last season.

His strong form was rewarded with a Socceroos call-up.

Perth Glory will be back in action on Wednesday night when they host Western Sydney in an FFA Cup clash at Dorrien Gardens.

Source AAP