Glory days over! Perth confirm Diego Castro’s exit

2021-10-14 09:00:15

Perth Glory have finally confirmed the A-League’s worst kept secret – midfield maestro Diego Castro will not be back at the A-League club next season.

The Spaniard’s future was sealed once Glory signed star striker Daniel Sturridge who filled the club’s fifth and final visa spot, joining strikers Bruno Fornaroli and Adrian Sardinero, defender Darryl Lachman and midfielder Kosuke Ota.

While Castro’s return to the A-League has not been ruled out most clubs have filled their visa player spots and it understood his wife Eva wants to return to Spain.

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Castro had been non-committal about his future and Glory owner Tony Sage said they gave him a couple of months for a decision but when the opportunity to sign former England and Liverpool star Sturridge arrived they could not wait any longer.

Sage initially said it was “extremely disappointing” the way that it had transpired.

But in statement today Sage said he was sad to lose a player who had a huge impact on the club and the A-League.

“Diego has been phenomenal since day one of wearing the purple,” Sage said.

“In my opinion he has been the greatest visa player to visit Australia.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: Diego Castro of the Glory controls the ball during the A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Perth Glory at WIN Stadium, on March 07, 2021, in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Camera IconDiego Castro. Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

“I am personally very sad that he is leaving and wish him and his family all the best in their future.”

Chief executive Tony Pignata described Castro as one of the best players Australian football has ever seen.

“Undoubtedly Glory’s greatest overseas recruit of all time,” Pignata said.

“His place in the pantheon of Glory greats is well and truly assured and on behalf of our members and fans I would like to sincerely thank him for the massive contribution he has made over the past six years.

“We have been fortunate to have had the pleasure of watching a player of his quality and he will always remain a cherished and much-loved member of the Glory family.

“We would like to take this opportunity to wish Diego and his family all the very best for the future.”

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Diego Castro of the Glory poses with the Premiership Plate and children following the round 25 A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Newcastle Jets at HBF Park on April 14, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Camera IconDiego Castro of the Glory poses with the Premiership Plate and children. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Castro became the third Glory player to win the he A-League’s highest individual honour, the Johnny Warren Medal in 2016, was twice named in the PFA Team of the Year, took out three Most Glorious Player Awards and was a key part of the side that claimed the 2019 Premiership.

The former captain made 136 A-League appearances, scoring 49 goals with 30 assists.

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