Glory to part with Kilkenny

13 May 2021 18:46:54 GMTPlus10

Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia has revealed veteran midfielder Neil Kilkenny will not be offered a new contract for next season as he does not figure in his plans.

Glory are priced at 9/1 to finish in the top six of the A-League and Kilkenny will be on board to help with the push for finals football before saying his goodbyes.

The 35-year-old was a surprise omission from the Glory side that beat Melbourne Victory over the weekend with coach Richard Garcia claiming he was in need of a rest.

The former Melbourne City midfielder was again missing as Glory made it back-to-back wins with a 3-0 win over Western United on Wednesday night and speaking after the game Garcia broke the news.

"Killa's a great individual player, but the team and the club are moving in one direction, and he's moving in another," Garcia said. "We spoke calmly about it. It was a good conversation. He's a good professional, and he'll continue to work hard this season.

"I feel like the guys who have come in have done well. It's got nothing to do with youth, it's got to do with performance.

"We want to be moving towards growth as a group as well as a club. That's probably the biggest thing."

Meanwhile the back-to-back wins have breathed new life into Glory's hopes of making the finals as they sit six points away from the top six with six games left to play.

Next up is a home clash with Western Sydney Wanderers followed by further home games against Adelaide United and Macarthur.

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