Blacktown City star signs with Perth Glory
Blacktown City star Mitch Mallia has been rewarded for his impressive PS4 NPL and Westfield FFA Cup performances with a Hyundai A-League contract with Perth Glory.
Mallia joins the club as an injury replacement for Joel Chianese who is currently sidelined with a collarbone complaint.
Mallia has previous Hyundai A-League experience with Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC.
He became the youngest player ever to represent Central Coast Mariners in the A-League when he made his senior debut, ironically against Glory, in January 2010.
He then spent three seasons with Sydney FC, making 17 appearances, 6 of which were starts.
The ex-Australia Under-17 and Under-23 international left Sydney FC in 2014 and joined NPL NSW side Blacktown City for whom he has since averaged a goal almost every other game.
It was this sparkling form that brought him to Glory’s attention according to the club’s Head of Football, Jacob Burns.
“We keep a very close eye on who is performing well in the various NPL competitions around the country and we’re always willing to give those players an opportunity, as we’ve shown with our recent signings of Joe Knowles and Daniel Stynes," Burns said.
“Mitch was Blacktown City’s standout player as they enjoyed a very successful season.
“Obviously he has previous A-League experience and he’s quick, has great technical ability, an eye for goal and can use both feet.
“Several other A-League clubs were keen to secure Mitch’s services, so we’re delighted that he opted to join us here in the West.”