Rostyn returns to Perth Glory on two-year deal

Perth Glory has confirmed it has signed former player and WA product Rostyn Griffiths for the next two seasons.

The 28-year old defensive midfielder played for his hometown club in the 2014-15 A-League campaign before joining Dutch club Roda JC, where he made 20 appearances in all competitions and scored two goals.

Griffiths is currently on tour with Glory in the Philippines as part of its pre-season camp and took part in Saturday's 2-1 win over the United Football League Philippines All-Stars.

“I’m really excited to be part of what is quickly becoming an impressive and solid team under the stewardship of Kenny Lowe,” Griffiths said.

“I’ve played in China, I’ve had my stint in Europe and now I’m focused on helping my hometown club push for its first A-League title."

Griffiths said the prospect of playing alongside with some of his childhood teammates in Rhys Williams, Shane Lowry and Chris Herd was also a lure.

“The chance of playing with the boys you’ve grown up with from your junior days is an attraction, but it’s not why I’ve signed," he said.

“Ultimately I’m here to play football and win a championship. Coming back to Perth is the right decision for me and I’m thankful the club and Kenny have given me this opportunity.

“I want to do my best to repay them and give the supporters a chance to celebrate in what’s going to be a big 20th birthday year for the club, so in all honesty I’m pumped."

Glory coach Kenny Lowe was pleased he was able to add the reliable Griffiths to his strong line-up.

“We know what Rostyn can do," Lowe said.

"He was a rock for us a couple of years ago and he’s also quite handy in chipping in with a few goals and he’s another WA boy so he fits in with what we’re trying to do at the club."

Griffiths has played a total of 106 A-League matches since 2009. He was part of the Central Coast Mariners Premiership winning team in 2012 before spending two seasons with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.

Griffiths will be part of the squad set to face the Azkals (Philippines National team) on Tuesday night before returning to Perth with the team at the end of the week.

Glory will play its first competitive match in Australia on August 10 when it meets Brisbane Roar at Ballymore Stadium in the Round of 32 of the FFA Cup.