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Glory shuts door on Dadi
Glory shuts door on Dadi

Eugene Dadi's miserable spell at Perth Glory is over.

The French striker, who has been at odds with coach Dave Mitchell, has been released by the club and flew to New Zealand yesterday to join A-League rivals Wellington Phoenix.

Dadi was a popular figure with fans last season and finished the campaign as the club's equal top scorer alongside Nikita Rukavytsya with 10 goals.

But the 36-year-old has found himself on the outer this season following a disappointing loan move to Swiss Super League club FC Vaduz at the end of the last A-League campaign.

His contract with Vaduz was cut short after a bust-up with coach Pierre Littbarski, who imposed a suspension on the former Ivory Coast international before the loan deal was terminated.

Despite returning to Perth earlier than anticipated, Dadi struggled for fitness early in the season and was virtually cast aside by Mitchell, who preferred Mile Sterjovski, Branko Jelic, Victor Sikora and Jamie Harnwell in attacking positions.

Dadi, who made six appearances for the club this season and started just three times, refused to talk to The West Australian yesterday.

Mitchell was to offer him a Glory lifeline with a starting role in the club's Boxing Day outing against Newcastle Jets but Dadi pulled out of the match because of a stomach bug.

After Glory handed the Jets a 4-0 thrashing, Mitchell revealed a rival club had expressed an interest in signing Dadi and indicated the striker could soon be on his way out of Glory.

Glory deputy chairman Lui Giuliani said the club did not want to stand in Dadi's way and agreed to mutually terminate his contract.

"It's fair to say Eugene has had limited opportunities this season and he wanted a commitment beyond this year," Giuliani said. "That's not something the club could guarantee him and we wouldn't want to inhibit him from having opportunities which go beyond this year."

Meanwhile, former Scottish Premier League midfielder Steven McGarry is expected to train with Glory this week. McGarry, 30, spent four years with Motherwell but has been released and is hoping to impress Mitchell in a bid to start a new chapter in a professional career which started at St Mirren.

He was a second-half substitute in Motherwell's 1-0 loss to Hearts in Edinburgh on December 30 but that was his first SPL appearance of the season.

McGarry played 110 games for Motherwell and scored only four times after being signed from Scottish first division side Ross County in January 2006.

Former Glory defender Dino Djulbic should start training with Gold Coast United this week after a disappointing spell in Germany.

The West Australian

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