Primeland-led consortium to take control of Glory three months after receivers appointed to find new owners.
Months of uncertainty over the ownership of Perth Glory has been resolved with the sale of the club to a consortium led by Primeland, a Melbourne-based property development group.
Pending regulatory approval by Football Australia, the sale ends 11 weeks in which the club was in receivership while a successor to previous chairman and owner Tony Sage was sought.
The club will be now be owned by a consortium headed by Primeland owner Robert Brij and entrepreneur John Nekic, with the latter becoming chairman, taking custodianship of one of the country’s oldest professional clubs.
Primeland specialises in asset management across residential, commercial and industrial areas, and the consortium’s takeover of Perth should be formally completed early next month.
Brij noted Perth’s heritage in announcing the acquisition. “We are honoured to have been handed this great responsibility, acknowledging we are just the third ownership group to lead the club in 27 years,” he said.
“We believe in the potential of football, the potential of the A-League and particularly in the potential of Perth Glory.
“At its best, Glory was a representation of Perth and WA, and we are eager to reconnect, especially with the fans, and bring everyone along for the journey in what we believe will be an exciting future for the club.”
The news comes a week after Bill Foley, owner of EPL side Bournemouth, was revealed as the preferred bidder for a new A-Leagues club in Auckland, due to enter the competitions next year.
“Perth Glory is one of Australia’s oldest professional football clubs and we are pleased to welcome Robert Brij and the Primeland Group to the A-Leagues as the club enters a new era,” said APL CEO Danny Townsend.
“The incredible volume of interest during the bidding process for the licence is testament to the opportunity that exists for football in Western Australia. Together with the recent announcement of the preferred bidder for Auckland’s expansion team, the strength of interest in the A-Leagues is stronger than ever both domestically and internationally.
“We are grateful to the Western Australian Government for its strong support during this transition period and into the future. I also want to acknowledge and thank the fans for their passion for the Glory and club management, staff, players and coaches for their dedication and commitment.”
Nekic pledged the new owners would “engage, listen and understand the opportunities that exist for Glory”, adding: “We are energised by the support of the WA State Government and Local Councils and their desire to engage and work with us on helping Glory realise its full potential.
“Perth Glory’s role in the history of Australian football is profound, born from the inspiration of the Perth Kangaroos, and played a key role in the formation of the A-League. We want to continue that trailblazing spirit.”