Vukovic confirms Perth exit

Perth Glory  have finally confirmed the departure of goalkeeper Danny Vukovic who has been linked with a move to Western Sydney Wanderers.

Sydney-born Vukovic cited the pending birth of his first child as the main reason for his move back east.

But Melbourne Victory are also said to be targeting the powerful shot-stopper after releasing their No. 1 Nathan Coe.

The announcement means Glory will be in the market for two goalkeepers following Jack Duncan's move to Danish club Randers FC on a two-year-deal.

Vukovic – a consistent star of the A-League – arrived at Perth in 2011, and played in the Grand Final against eventual winners Brisbane Roar.

The 30-year-old was again crucial in helping the club reach the inaugural FFA Cup Final against Adelaide, and pivotal in Glory's impressive 2014-15 league title-run until it was eventually scuppered by the salary cap scandal.

In all, Vukovic made 106 appearances for Glory.

The former youth international got his big A-League break with Central Coast Mariners and in 2014 went on loan to J-League outfit Vegalta Sendai but failed to see any game time.

In a statement on the club website, he said his decision had nothing to do with the recent furore that engulfed the club.

“Many of you may know by now, that my wife Kristy and I, are expecting our first child which is due in early July,” he said.

“Expecting our first baby is without doubt, the best and happiest news of our lives and we can’t stress enough how much we are looking forward to the birth of our new family member.

“I approached the club four months ago, about the possibility of moving closer to home to ensure we have the support network we both need from our family as we don’t have any relatives in Perth.

“No matter how we tried to look at it, the best interests of our child HAD to come first.

“Therefore it is with a heavy heart, that I announce that from June 1, I will no longer be part of the Perth Glory FC squad and the club and I have agreed to mutually terminate my contract.

“I have to stress that this decision is purely based for family reasons and no other, irrespective of what may have transpired off the field, in recent months.

“I have experienced many highs in the past four years while living in WA, especially in the season gone by.

“All the lads showed great character throughout the season, even when the chips were down, to fight back and get results.

“I would like to thank the club, the sponsors, our passionate fans and members for their ongoing support during my time here.

“After four years in the West, I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel like a ‘Perthite’. Our baby will be born a “Sandgroper” but from there on we will be moving to the east coast to be closer to family.

“What lies ahead as far as football is concerned, is not clear at this stage.

“I would like to thank Tony Sage and Kenny Lowe for their understanding as they could easily have declined our request but being both family oriented people, they empathised with our position. For this we are very grateful.

“I wish Perth Glory and all the members and fans, the best of luck going forward.”