DANIEL STURRIDGE will attempt to revive his career with a stint in Australia after signing for Perth Glory.
The deal ends an 18-month spell out of the game after the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker was let go by Trabzonspor.
The A-League team have hailed the one-year deal as one of the biggest in the division’s history.
Sturridge, 32, told his new club’s website: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to try a new challenge.
“When the opportunity came about, it felt like the right thing to do, to take my talent somewhere where I can enjoy my football in a competitive league and try and help the team be as successful as they possibly can be.
“I’m going to put my best foot forward, work hard and try and help the team win each game that comes by and then we’ll see where we end up when the season finishes.
“I can’t wait to play at HBF Park and hopefully put a smile on a lot of faces.”
The former England star claimed a Champions League winners’ medal with Liverpool days before his departure in 2019.
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During his first year with Turkish side Trabzonspor, his contract was mutually terminated following a fourth-month ban for betting breaches.
A move to the United States and Spain failed to come off for Sturridge as he continued to train during his exile.
Last month, he declared himself to be ‘more motivated than ever’ to prove himself in the game.
Sturridge will join the Perth squad for pre-season ahead of November’s season opener against Adelaide United.
We know the elite-level quality Daniel will bring to the side and are hugely excited.
Chairman and owner Tony Sage stated: “Daniel is undoubtedly one of the biggest signings not only in Glory’s history, but in the history of the A-League.
“His arrival signals in no uncertain terms how determined we are to bring sustained success to the club and the lengths we will go to in order to achieve that goal.
“We know the elite-level quality Daniel will bring to the side and are hugely excited to see him wearing the famous purple this season.”
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