Brendon Santalab departs Western Sydney Wanderers for Perth Glory

Brendon Santalab embraces a fan after a tough loss in the 2017-18 A-League saeason. Santalab was a favourite with the fans. AAP Image/Brendan Esposito
Brendon Santalab embraces a fan after a tough loss in the 2017-18 A-League saeason. Santalab was a favourite with the fans. AAP Image/Brendan Esposito

WESTERN Sydney Wanderers fan favourite Brendon Santalab is leaving the club to join the Perth Glory.

The Wanderers and Santalab announced the parting of ways on Tuesday.

Santalab thanks the fan and the Wanderers in a statement released on the team’s website.

“It’s been an incredible journey. I leave the Wanderers with an Asian Champions League Winners Medal, Player of the Year (Wanderers Medal) award in 2016/17, two golden boot awards and currently hold the club’s all-time goal scorer title. I’m delighted with my time at the Wanderers,” said Santalab.

“The fans have been instrumental in my success and I have been continuously overwhelmed by the ongoing support the people of Western Sydney have shown me during my five years at the club. Thank you.”

Meanwhile, on the Perth Glory website, Santalab, who spent five years with Western Sydney, was quoted as being excited to team up with his former coach Tony Popovic, who has also moved to the Glory.

“I’m very excited to join Perth Glory Football club,” Santalab said. “The opportunity to work under Tony Popovic again was an opportunity too good to miss.”

“I’m looking forward to joining a team with so many fantastic players and meeting the clubs fans.”

The Wanderers wished Santalab all the best, and the Perth Glory said they were thrilled with the signing.