A-League club Perth Glory have signed former Socceroo, Richard Garcia, on a two-year contract.
The deal will see the West Australian-born player take to the pitch for his hometown club as a pro footballer for the first time since departing as a 15-year old to go to West Ham United.
Garcia, who played last season for Sydney FC, spent the past two months with Minnesota United FC in the North American Soccer League.
Speaking on his move the Aussie veteran said: "It was great to start training yesterday and meet all the players.
"I’ve been really impressed with the recruiting strategy of Kenny Lowe and feel that the squad he has assembled has a real chance of achieving success this season.
“It will be fantastic to pull on the purple shirt of Perth Glory and represent my hometown club. I can’t wait for the season to start."
Garcia went through the Hammers Youth Academy, spent 13 years playing in England with clubs such as West Ham and Hull City and amassed a total of 230 league appearances including 49 in the English Premier League.
In 2010, he became the first Hull City player ever to play to participate at a World Cup finals, when he started for the Socceroos against Germany in their Group D clash in South Africa.
In August 2012, Garcia signed for Melbourne Heart (City) before a move to Sydney FC in 2013, where, under coach, Frank Farina, where he managed six goals in 23 appearance.
His last strike for the club came against Glory in the Round 27 match.
The 32-year-old completed his medical for the club on Friday and started training with his new Perth Glory team mates on Monday.
Head coach Kenny Lowe said he confident that Garcia will have an impact on and off the field.
“Richard has shown he is the ultimate professional throughout his career," Lowe said.
."To have played at the highest level for so long takes hard work and dedication and I’m sure he will be a strong influence in the change rooms as well as on the field."
Club CEO Jason Brewer added: “I am excited that the club has been able to secure Richard’s signature and brought him home to Perth.
"He has consistently proven himself at the highest level, played in the EPL and been to a World Cup. I am looking forward to seeing him in action during the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.”comments