Popovics Signing Was Reason Brandon Wilson Resigned To Glory

Promising Olyroos midfielder Brandon Wilson has said that the signing of Tony Popovic as Perth Glory’s new coach convinced him to re-sign to the club.

Despite having had interest from a number of other Hyundai A-League clubs, the 21-year-old has signed a new two-year deal which will keep him with Glory until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season.

Wilson was born in Botswana the capital of Gabarone in Southern Africa, before moving to Australia as a 10-years-old.

He joined Glory from English club Burnley in 2016 where he played at youth level. Having made his senior debut while on loan to Stockport, he went on to make 37 appearances for Perth including 23 starts.

He’s accumulated four caps for the Australian U/23 national team and was called into the Australian under-23 squad for the 2018 Asian Cup in China.

“I think the biggest thing for me was Popovic signing on,” Wilson said.

“I spoke with him and he said he wants me at the club, he wants to teach me and improve my game, which was great to hear.

“Popovic’s understanding of the game is exceptional, he’s very supportive of young players as well, which is massive.

“I think with a coach like Popovic and the team we have here, we should be looking to win silverware, that should be the goal for everybody at the club.”

Meanwhile Glory director of football Jacob Burns believes Wilson will thrive under Popovic.

“It’s a great move by the club to secure his signature as he’s shown talent and potential which I believe will continue to develop in the next few seasons with us at Glory,” Burns said.

“Wilson is one of a number of young fantastic Perth players with exciting futures. I think they will all relish working under Popovic.” Get all the latest World Cup free bets here.