Three quarantines, six appearances, 138 minutes… and ZERO GOALS: Daniel Sturridge’s A-League hell is over as former Liverpool star is RELEASED by Perth Glory – and barely mentioned in a cold statement confirming his exit
- Daniel Sturridge has been released by Perth Glory following his miserable spell
- The former Liverpool star made just six appearances with injuries a factor
- Perth was barely given a mention in their statement confirming his departure
Daniel Sturridge’s inglorious time at Perth Glory has officially come to an end, with the former Liverpool star barely given a mention as the club farewelled seven of their players.
Sturridge’s arrival at Glory following more than 18 months out of the game was met with huge fanfare at the start of the A-League Men season.
But the former England international barely broke out of a jog during his doomed stint in Perth, notching just six appearances for a total of 139 minutes. He also went through three miserable spells in quarantine.
Daniel Sturridge’s A-League hell is over after he was released by Perth Glory on Friday
Five of those appearances were cameos off the bench, with three separate stints in quarantine, a serious groin injury and some soft tissue niggles limiting his availability.
Glory confirmed on Friday the departure of Sturridge, Nick Fitzgerald, Osama Malik and Darko Stanojevic following the expiration of their contracts.
“Injuries unfortunately restricted Sturridge to just six appearances,” was the only mention of Sturridge in the media release.
Jonathan Aspropotamitis was granted an early release from his contract, while striker Andy Keogh has retired and is now Glory’s head of recruitment.
Sturridge was a hit with the fans, but failed to perform on the pitch and didn’t score for the club
Sturridge was released earlier today, alongside four other players at Perth Glory
Sturridge career stats
Clubs: Manchester City, Chelsea, Bolton (loan), Liverpool, West Brom (loan), Trabzonspor, Perth Glory
Club apps: 325
Club goals: 109
International chaps: 26
International goals: 8
Young defender Josh Rawlins has joined Dutch Eredivisie club FC Utrecht.
Sturridge didn’t appear at the club’s best and fairest awards and it was already confirmed during the season that Glory were unlikely to re-sign him.
The 32-year-old’s career is now at the crossroads, with his injury woes set to dissuade a host of cashed-up clubs from signing him.
Glory confirmed on Thursday that Ruben Zadkovich has been signed on as coach for the next two seasons.
Former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Millwall and Portsmouth assistant Joe Gallen will be Zadkovich’s senior assistant.
Former Glory coach Kenny Lowe has been appointed PGFC academy director, while Glory’s NSL title-winning coach Mich d’Avray will become the club’s technical consultant.
Former Socceroo Chris Coyne will serve as an assistant coach as well as the club’s NPL coach.
Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata told SEN’s The Global Game in April that Sturridge’s spell in Perth was ‘disappointing,’ and that he has ‘high hopes’ for the Englishman.
He said: ‘It has been disappointing. We had high hopes when we signed Daniel. It hasn’t worked.
‘From a marketing point of view, the first game, we had 18,000 on the back of him arriving and the hype. Then unfortunately he got injured.’
Sturridge’s career has been blighted with injuries and a lack of consistency. Despite achievements such as winning the Champions League with Liverpool, where he formed a formidable strike partnership with Luis Suarez, his career may well be looked back on as a case of what might have been.
The forward was part of the 2019 Champions League winning squad under Jurgen Klopp