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Glory add front and back
Glory add front and back

Perth Glory are set to bolster their attacking stocks with the signing of Argentine playmaker Matias Cordoba.

Cordoba, 28, will join Glory on a short-term contract, tying him to the club until the end of the season.

The former Argentinos Juniors player had stints in Major League Soccer and the Mexican top flight, and joins Perth from Chilean club Deportes La Serena.

Cordoba's signing comes after Glory yesterday promoted young defender Jack Clisby to the senior squad.

Clisby, a product of the club's youth team, has signed until the end of the season and could be called into action straight away, with coach Ian Ferguson facing a potential defensive crisis this week.

Central defenders Michael Thwaite and Bas van den Brink are battling calf injuries and are in doubt for Saturday's clash with Brisbane at nib Stadium, while Steve Pantelidis missed yesterday's light training session with what the club said was general soreness.

Ferguson's first-choice right-back Josh Risdon is unavailable due to suspension after being sent off in last week's home loss to Melbourne Victory.

Replays showed referee Regis Queffelec's decision to hand Risdon a second yellow card for a challenge on Leigh Broxham was wrong, but the decision could not be changed.

The match review panel can only overturn straight red cards.

Clisby, 20 grew up supporting Glory and said his elevation from the youth team was a dream come true.

"It's certainly a great feeling and something I wasn't expecting," Clisby said. "Yesterday the gaffer (Ferguson) approached me and offered me the opportunity, which I'm ecstatic about.

"When I was a young boy, I would come and support Perth Glory with my father, so it's a great feeling to sign for the club that I've always followed."

The former Sorrento junior, who was awarded the 2012 McInerney Ford Gold medal in October as the best player in the Football West Premier league.

Ferguson said Clisby would add pace to the club's defensive stocks.

Glory have also recruited local product Andrew Higgins, who joined the youth team after leaving English club Portsmouth.

"We've always had our eye on Jack and every time I have watched him play in our youth team he's been impressive," Ferguson said.

"Jack has a good range of passing, reads the game well, links up well and has very good speed.

"We have also brought back another talented teenager, Andrew Higgins into our youth team."

"It's a great feeling to sign for the club that I've always followed.""New Glory defender *Jack Clisby *

The West Australian

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