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Miller signs as Glory go back to the future
Miller signs as Glory go back to the future

Perth Glory legend Scott Miller will join the club's coaching staff next season after agreeing to assist former teammates Alistair Edwards and Gareth Naven in their attempts to guide the club back to the top of Australian soccer.

Edwards has had a strong focus on reconnecting with the local soccer community since taking the reins as coach in February.

He indicated early in his tenure he was eager to rebuild Glory's culture after feeling the club had lost its soul in recent years and said appointing former players to key roles was a significant step towards doing so.

Miller will leave State League club Cockburn City to join Glory on a two-year deal, starting in July, and will focus on youth development.

Naven has also signed a two-year deal to continue as the club's senior assistant, a role he assumed when Edwards took over from Ian Ferguson.

Edwards invited Miller back to the club to present young WA products Riley Woodcock and Matt Davies with their shirts when they signed senior contracts in March and did the same with former striker Bobby Despotovski when teenager Daniel De Silva signed on.

By appointing Miller and Naven to key roles, Edwards has fulfilled his promise to involve some of the club's most successful figures in shaping its future.

"It's a really positive coup for us because they fit everything that we said we were going to do in terms of bringing in former champion players," Edwards said.

Edwards, Naven and Miller all played together for Glory in the old National Soccer League.

Naven was the inaugural club captain while Edwards and Miller spent time as joint vice-captains.

"We've known each other for years and years and Scotty's an impeccable character," Edwards said.

Meanwhile, Glory have hit a snag in their bid to keep Japanese winger Ryo Nagai at the club next season.

Nagai, 21, spent the season with Glory on loan from Cerezo Osaka and starred during the WA club's late run to the finals.

Edwards is keen to extend Nagai's stay for the full 2013-14 campaign, but the Japanese club will only let him play in Perth until February 1 next year.

Glory have 15 players signed for next season, including attacker Isaka Cernak, who agreed to join the club before Edwards took over.

Cernak, 24, was released by Melbourne Victory in January and played six games for Wellington.