Football Ferns striker Grace Jale moves to A-League’s Perth Glory

New Zealand international forward Grace Jale has joined Perth Glory, her third women’s A-League club in as many seasons.

Auckland-born Jale (24) made two appearances for the Football Ferns at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, giving her 19 full international caps.

She joins the Glory after departing Canberra United at the end of the last A-League season, and having played previously for the Wellington Phoenix.

Main photo: New Zealand’s Grace Jale playing against Argentina in February. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Jale told the club:

“I’m stoked to be signing for Glory.

“I’m very excited to be working with a new group of coaches and players in the beautiful city of Perth.

“I’d like to learn and grow as a footballer and as a person for the team and I’m hoping for nothing less than a trophy at the end of the season.”

Football Fern Grace Jale takes on the United States defence at Auckland’s Eden Park in January. Photo: Andrew Cornaga / Phototek.

Coach Alex Epakis: ‘I really believe in Grace’

Glory head coach Alex Epakis said:

“Grace is a fantastic player who has proved herself as a goal scorer and real attacking threat in the competition over the past two seasons,” he said.

“She has fantastic attributes and has many different aspects and strengths that we will certainly benefit from.

“We want to be an attacking and aggressive team and she will be key to that.

“Moreover, she comes to Perth off the back of an historic Women’s World Cup campaign with New Zealand and I know she is primed and focused to come to the club and utilise her experiences from the past few months.

“I really believe in Grace and what she can bring to our team and I know that she will excite our supporters.”

Jale has scored nine goals and is credited with seven assists from her 27 A-League starts since 2021.

After playing for Mt Albert Grammar School, Jale played senior club football for Eastern Suburbs and Bay Olympic before heading to the United States in 2019 to play for Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

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