Sturridge to join Perth Glory in his return to competitive football

Former and England striker Daniel Sturridge is joining Australian side Glory.

The 32-year old has been training with Real Mallorca who had been hoping to sign Sturridge in January. 

Liga side Mallorca were unable to register Sturridge in August as they already had their quota of three non EU players on their roster. 

Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge is joining Australian side Perth Glory

 Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge is joining Australian side Perth Glory

The 32-year-old has kept himself fit and has recently been training in Spain with Real Mallorca

The 32-year-old has kept himself fit and has recently been training in Spain with Real Mallorca

They were planning to move one out to make room for Sturridge in the winter window however he was keen to return to competitive action as soon as possible.

Though he has maintained his fitness, Sturridge has not played competitive football since cutting short his spell with Turkish side Trabzonspor in March 2020.

Sturridge was handed a four month ban for breaching betting regulations.

Sturridge has not played competitively since cutting his spell with Trabzonspor short last year

Sturridge has not played competitively since cutting his spell with Trabzonspor short last year

Perth Glory were able to beat other teams to Sturridge after being determined to sign him up

Perth Glory were able to beat other teams to Sturridge after being determined to sign him up

Perth Glory beat off competition from other teams from across the world in gaining his signature.

Perth manager Terry McFlynn and chief executive Tony Pignata maintained constant contact with Sturridge’s agent and detik their determination to acquire the player’s services pushed them ahead of rival suitors.

Better financial terms were offered elsewhere but Sturridge was further convinced after speaking to his former Liverpool teammate and current Perth goalkeeper Brad Jones plus Robbie Fowler who also had a spell with the A League side.