One of the most well-known secrets in the A-League has finally come out with Bruno Fornaroli officially a Perth Glory player.
The move puts an end to the protracted saga involving the Uruguayan and his former club Melbourne City.
Fornaroli was essentially frozen out of the squad despite being the club’s only recognised striker up until the January transfer window signings of Jamie Maclaren and Shay Harrison.
The fallout between Warren Joyce and Fornaroli has been this season’s long running background story.
His move west means fans won’t see him in purple until the 2019-20 season with a potential debut coming against Manchester United when the Glory take on the Red Devils in mid-July at Optus Stadium.
One of the most prolific goal scorers in league history, Fornaroli was excited about the opportunity Perth provided.
“Tony (Popovic) said that there is a project here at Glory and that they want to play better than now and do better next season,” he said.
“I believe in the project and I believe in the coach and that’s why I’m here.
“I’m where I want to be and this is the most important thing for me. I’m very happy to be here.”
Perth Glory’s owner and chairman Tony Sage lauded the Uruguayan’s ability and was excited about the prospect of the Fornaroli linking up with Glory’s other stars.
“The signing of Bruno is another strong statement of intent in terms of our ambition to bring sustained success to Perth Glory,” he said.
“Players with his great goal scoring pedigree are always in huge demand and we beat off stiff competition from a host of clubs from all over the world to sign him.”