Griffiths and Tombides join Glory on Filipino tour

Rostyn Griffiths and Taylor Tombides have joined Perth Glory on trial for the club’s tour of the Philippines which commenced on Monday.

Glory’s 30-man delegation flew out of Perth on Monday for the three-game tour against a series of local sides including the Filipino national team.

Western Australian pair Griffiths and Tombides were both named in the 22-man playing squad which is without Diego Castro, Chris Herd and Joseph Mills who are all yet to arrive in Perth.

Griffiths, 28, left Dutch club Roda JC in April after one season in the Netherlands, having left Glory the season prior to try his luck in Europe.

Former West Ham and Hull City junior Tombides, who is the brother of the late Dylan, is a free agent after a spell at English lower league club Canvey Island and after training at Southend United.

“The club is always interested and on the lookout for WA boys,” a Perth Glory spokesperson said.

“We have 14 on our books and always willing to give players with pedigree a chance. If they’re local it’s a bonus.”

Griffiths recently spoke of his desire to remain in Europe where he started his professional career at Blackburn Rovers.

“One thing I was pleased with was that last year with Roda let me know what level I am at,” Griffiths told the PFA website last week.

“So I feel more content, but I would like to stay away from Australia for a bit longer and experience playing in different countries. 

“I feel I get the best out of myself when I am out of my comfort zone so hopefully I can get it all resolved in the next couple of weeks.”

Glory’s first match of the tour is on Wednesday against local side Global FC at Rizal Stadium starting at 3.30pm local time.