Pahang snap up Matthew Davies from Perth Glory

Australian-Malaysian defender Matthew Davies has reportedly joined Pahang as a local player, after being released by A-League team Perth Glory.

The 20-year-old was recently spotted at the Darul Makmur Stadium after the Elephants defeated Penang 2-0 in the first leg of the Malaysian FA Cup quarter-finals.

Described on Perth's website as having 'maturity on the pitch at right-back', he was a product of the National Training Centre (NTC) program in Australia.

He made his A-League debut in October 2013 against Melbourne Heart and went on to clock 16 appearances for the Australian side.

"I'd like to thank the fans and supporters [at Perth Glory] for their continued loyalty," Davies said.

"It's been a difficult decision to leave a club which has been at the top of the table for most of the season but I feel this is the best move for my career going forward."

Davies, whose mother was born in Sabah, will also give up his Australian citizenship in order to take up a Malaysian passport.

He will be the second player to do so in recent times, following in the footsteps of Kelantan midfielder Brendan Gan.

The Perth-born defender will also be eligible to represent Malaysia, including in the upcoming 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.