Perth Glory have announced that La Liga side Malaga CF will add a Western Australia leg to their tour of the country scheduled for later this month.
It was revealed on Thursday that Malaga would be heading down under for the first time in the club's history, with the Spanish side set to play Adelaide United at Adelaide Oval on July 25.
Glory revealed Malaga would also be making a trip out west, teeing up a pre-season friendly two days later on July 27 at nib Stadium.
It will be the first time the state has held a Spanish La Liga side, with Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer excited about the opportunity at hand.
“It’s fantastic that ‘Los Boquerones’ will be coming to Australia for the first time in their 110-year history and that Glory fans will get the chance to see a top flight Spanish club playing here in Perth against their team,” Brewer said.
“They’re going to be bringing a very strong squad to Australia, and this should make for an exciting and entertaining game, particularly given the new signings Kenny Lowe has made here at Perth Glory.
“We already have a tough preseason planned and we have been looking for a good challenge for the team ahead of the Westfield FFA cup game in Newcastle and this will be just that.
“The La Liga is one of the strongest and most popular leagues in the world and I’m sure all football fans in Perth and each and every Glory supporter will relish the opportunity to see their team take on Málaga."
The friendly exists as an opportunity for Glory fans to see all the club's newest additions in action, including the likes of Andy Keogh, Mitch Nichols and Ruben Zadkovich.
“It will be a great test for the lads when we face Málaga, and will come just 3 days after our overseas preseason tour in Asia. It will be another step up for us as we prepare for our FFA tie with Newcastle Jets," said Glory coach Kenny Lowe.
“With the many new faces in the squad it will give the Glory fans an opportunity to get a glimpse of what we are looking to do, come the start of the season. It may just be a preseason friendly but we have every intention of going out there, showing the fans what we are all about and get ourselves a result against a Málaga."