Perth Glory have confirmed the signing of Australian midfielder Mitch Nichols on a one-year loan deal for the 2014-15 A-League season.
Nichols made the switch to Japan from Melbourne Victory in January, signing a deal with J-League outfit Cerezo Ossaka.
The 25-year-old struggled for game time in Japan, playing a total of just 41 minutes in six substitute appearances, with the club's signing of Uruguayan Diego Forlan making it hard for Nichols to clinch a starting spot.
The Glory also have the option of signing Nichols to a permanent deal once the season loan is finished.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to the A-League, playing under Kenny Lowe and joining up with the team he has assembled at Perth. I had options to stay in Japan and even go to Europe on loan, however I wanted to come back to the A-League. I’m excited at what is happening at Perth Glory both on and off the field and at what I think we can, as a team achieve this season.” Nichols said via a Perth Glory media release.
“The players that Kenny has attracted to the club during the off season really shows intent and demonstrates the ambitions that the club has” he added.
Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has been very active in the transfer market, with Nichols being the club's six off-season signing along with Andy Keogh, Ruben Zadkovich, Diogo Ferreira, Dino Djulbic and Youssouf Hersi.
"Mitch is a very exciting and accomplished A-League player and someone we’re obviously very pleased to have been able to bring into the squad." Lowe said.
"He’s won championships, he has a winning mentality and I believe he will fit in really well with the squad we’ve assembled. He’ll be in Perth very soon and with that we‘ll then have the next 4 months of pre-season, all together, getting prepared for the A-League season” Lowe said.