Perth Glory re-sign international duo Liz Anton and Cyera Hintzen for another A-League season

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Liz Anton was named Perth Glory women's Most Glorious Player for the 2020-21 season and has re-signed for next.
Camera IconLiz Anton was named Perth Glory women's Most Glorious Player for the 2020-21 season and has re-signed for next. Credit: Vince Caratozzolo/Fotoenzo/RegionalHUB

Perth Glory have re-signed international duo Liz Anton and Cyera Hintzen for next year’s A-League campaign.

Defender Anton, who won the 2020-21 Most Glorious Player Award in her debut season, has made 24 A-League appearances and established herself in the New Zealand Football Ferns squad.

A former US under-19 international striker, Hintzen scored five times in eight starts last season to claim the Golden Boot award.

Anton said the side can build on last season when they missed out on a finals place on goal difference.

“I’m super excited for the upcoming season,” Anton said.

“We have a great mix of young talent and experience in our group.

“Last season we took a step in the right direction and I’m looking forward to playing my role in helping the team to build on that.”

Hintzen said she was grateful for the opportunity to re-sign.

“We had an incredible group last season both on and off the field,” Hintzen said.

“With COVID, we didn’t get much time in Perth, so this year I’m looking forward to getting that full experience and joining the girls again to build on last season.”

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Cyera Hintzen of Perth Glory is challenged by Charlize Rule of Sydney FC during the A-League Women's match between Perth Glory and Sydney FC at University of Tasmania Stadium, on February 27, 2022, in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Camera IconCyera Hintzen has also re-signed. Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Coach Alex Epakis said he was thrilled to have the pair back for next year.

“To secure the services of Liz for next season is fantastic,” Epakis said.

“Liz has certainly grown and developed into being a senior player within our group over her first two seasons.

“She has been consistent and reliable and this has led to her being involved in NZ national team squads over the past 18 months. “A player who thrives in difficult moments, she is someone that the team and I can always rely on. “Liz will continue to be a key player for us this season.

“Cyera, was a real X-factor player for us last season.

“She was able to score key goals in important moments and her ability to press high, score and link play in attack provided the team with a real outlet. “To have her back this year is very exciting and I sincerely believe she can have an even bigger impact.

“Both players will provide strong foundations through the spine of our team and continue to be key players in the way we want to play going forward.” Glory chief executive Tony Pignata said the signing of the international pair was a huge positive for the club.

“Liz and Cyera were a key part of the squad which performed so well under incredibly challenging circumstances last season,” Pignata said.

“The fact that they are returning shows how much they believe in the way Alex is driving the team forward.”

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