Glory sign
Glory sign

Perth Glory have secured the services of Lithuanian international forward Darvydas Sernas on loan from Turkish Super Lig club Gaziantepspor.

Sernas joins Glory for the rest of the 2013-14 season, with an option to extend the deal by a year.

The 180cm striker arrived in Perth last night and completed a medical assessment this morning before meeting his new teammates.

He is the third player to join Glory during the January transfer window, following the acquisition of Serbian attacker Nebojsa Marinkovic and former Central Coast midfield star Rostyn Griffiths.

Glory coach Kenny Lowe was pleased to snare Sernas, who is quick and is adept at shooting with both feet.

Sernas has played 35 times for Lithuania and scored five goals, including goals against Spain and the Czech Republic during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

“Davydas Sernas is a proven goal scorer who can play anywhere up front,” Lowe said.

“His all-action style of play should suit the Hyundai A-League and will quickly make him a fans’ favourite.”

Sernas said he was eager to play as soon as possible and is a chance to make his debut at home to Melbourne Victory next week.

“I just want all the fans to know I’m very happy to have signed for Perth Glory until the end of the season and I can’t wait to get on the pitch,” Sernas said.

“It’s been a long journey for me and after completing my medical and meeting my new coaches and teammates this morning, I am looking forward to my first training session tomorrow.

“When I was approached by Perth Glory, I was very interested.

“I like what I have heard about the A-League and have been impressed with all I have seen already here in Perth. I like the people, the city and the country a lot.

“I think the football looks very good and the league is on the up and has some very big players.

“I want to win and I hope I can do that with my new team Perth Glory.”

Lowe is still looking to add to the squad and said negotiations were ongoing with former Socceroos defender Adrian Madaschi.

Madaschi spent more than a decade in Europe and recently returned to Perth after ending his stint with South Korean K-League side Jeju United.

He has been training with Glory since last week.

“He’s a good player and you can always use good players,” Lowe said.

“Ask any coach, they always want two. They get two and they just say they want another two. It always happens that way.

“I guess we’ve got a limit on what we can bring in and what we can’t bring in, but we’re chatting to him and he seems amenable so we’ll just see where it goes.”

The West Australian

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