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Glory closing in on AL player signings

  • Glory closing in on AL player signings

Perth Glory are hopeful of retaining star import Diego Castro next season, while coach Kenny Lowe says other things are "bubbling" along in the background that could further strengthen the team.

Glory crashed out of the title race on Sunday when they suffered a 2-0 loss to Melbourne City in the elimination final at AAMI Park.

But even getting to the finals was a huge achievement for Perth, who were languishing near the foot of the table in January before winning 10 of their final 12 matches of the regular season.

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Glory also had to deal with a mass player exodus at the end of last season following the club's salary cap saga.

Castro has been a revelation for Perth this season, with the Spaniard favourite to win the Johnny Warren medal as the league's best player.

Perth are hopeful of re-signing the 33-year-old, while Socceroos striker Adam Taggart has already signed on with the club next season.

Glory have also been linked to Socceroos defender Chris Herd, who is considering a move to the A-League after being sold to League One side Chesterfield.

Lowe refused to make any specific announcements about players, but he did reveal that some deals were close to being finalised.

"There are two or three things that are bubbling that we may be able to announce soon," Lowe said.

"We're active. We've been active for the last six weeks. We're closing in on two or three fronts."

Goalkeeper Ante Covic is out of contract and might be on the move from Glory.

But Lowe will have the luxury of retaining the bulk of his side's best XI heading into next season.

"You always have comings and goings. But we don't have to change 14 or 12, which has happened in the two seasons I've been here," Lowe said.

"Over the past two seasons, we've got the most points out of any A-League side.

"We've been through three crises. We've built two teams.

"It's always been one scenario after another - and not good scenarios. Now we've got a good scenario.

"We've come from some ashes and we've built the base. Now we need to build from that."

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