Kwinana coach scores three-year Perth Glory contract

Former Perth Glory player Alistair Edwards signed a club-first contract.
Former Perth Glory player Alistair Edwards signed a club-first contract.

Edwards grew up playing football at Calista Oval and started an apprenticeship at CSBP before he was drafted into the big leagues and enjoyed a decades-long career playing for everyone from Kwinana United to international teams.

Until recently, Edwards was Football Federation Australia’s national assistant technical director and head coach of the Qantas Joeys.

He has been released from his contract and is hoping to turn the embattled team’s fortunes around. Only days after his appointment as interim coach, and after eight straight losses, Edwards led the team to a much-needed win.

They have clawed their way from bottom of the ladder to seventh after a convincing 3-2 away win against Melbourne Victory at the weekend.

‘I am very happy with the future direction of the club and there is a really strong, vision and philosophy for the next three to five years,’ Edwards said.

He said one of his priorities was to give young, local players a pathway to play for Perth Glory.

‘There are far too many players who have left the State over the last three to five years,’ he said.

‘What we want to do, is to provide an opportunity and a platform for players from within this State, so the fans can be excited.’