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Glory grab more young guns
Cameron Edwards

Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards has taken another step towards building a strong mix of youth and experience in his squad by securing the services of two of the country's top young players.

Goalkeeper Jack Duncan and midfielder Cameron Edwards, Alistair's son, have both signed two-year contracts with Glory.

Scottish midfielder Steven McGarry, named Most Glorious Player as the club's best performer, will extend his stay in Perth for another season after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal this week.

Cameron Edwards returns to Glory after 18 months at English club Reading and a short stint at Melbourne Heart.

The 21-year-old was a former Glory youth player of the year and represented Australia at junior level.

Duncan, 20, will play for Australia at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in July and is highly rated by some of the country's top coaches, including national goalkeeping coach and former Glory star Tony Franken.

Alistair Edwards said he was looking to bring stability to the club by signing talented young players to multi-year deals.

The latest signings come after Edwards signed teenage sensation Daniel De Silva and Glory youth team products Matt Davies and Riley Woodcock earlier this year.

"If we can get a core group of youth internationals and young players mixed with the experienced guys like Shane Smeltz, Jacob Burns and McGarry, we'll get a good balance," Edwards said.

Edwards said Japanese winger Ryo Nagai had returned home but wanted to play for Glory next season.

Glory are keen to keep Nagai, who spent last season on loan from Cerezo Osaka, but only if he can stay the full season.

The Japanese club wants Nagai to return in February next year, a long way from the end of the 2013-14 A-League season.

The West Australian

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