Blacktown FC midfielder Mitch Mallia will head west to take up an A-League injury replacement contract with the Perth Glory.
A star forward for City this season, Mallia scored six goals from 18 games during the National Premier Leagues season but impressed during Blacktown’s FFA Cup run.
Mallia is no stranger to the A-League, having played one game for the Central Coast and 18 games for Sydney FC before joining the Demons in 2014.
It was this sparkling form that brought him to Glory’s attention as the club’s head of Football, Jacob Burns, confirmed.
“We keep a very close eye on who is performing well in the various NPL competitions around the country and we’re always willing to give those players an opportunity, as we’ve shown with our recent signings of Joe Knowles and Daniel Stynes,” Glory’s head of football Jacob Burns said.
“Mitch was Blacktown City’s standout player as they enjoyed a very successful season. Obviously he has previous A-League experience and he’s quick, has great technical ability, an eye for goal and can use both feet.
“Several other A-League clubs were keen to secure Mitch’s services, so we’re delighted that he opted to join us here in the West.”
The 25-year-old will cover Joel Chianese, who suffered a chipped collar bone and will be sidelined for about 10 weeks.
Mallia became the youngster player ever to represent Central Coast Mariners as a 17-year-old.
Mallia made his Perth Glory debut last week, starting against the Newcastle before being subbed out at half-time.
Glory head coach Kenny Lowe said Mallia and other injury replacement Jeremy Walker did well despite little preparation time.
“It was a super effort from those guys,” he said.
“Jeremy was very intelligent in what he did and Mitch was involved in creating the first goal for [Adam Taggart], so they both made a major contribution to what was a really encouraging team performance in difficult circumstances.
“And our two substitutes [Chris Harold and Jake Brimmer] also did well as they were both involved in setting up the second goal.”