Burns departs Glory
Former Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns has resigned as Director of Football, the club announced on Tuesday.
The former Socceroo joined the club as a player in 2009 and was captain of the side's 2012 Grand Final side, winning the Joe Marston Medal as best afield albeit in a losing cause.
Burns played 116 games in all before retiring in 2014, working as a Perth Glory Academy coach, Director and Technical Director before moving in to the Football Director role in 2017.
Glory CEO Tony Pignata paid tribute to the major contribution made by Burns to the club in a playing, coaching and administrative capacity.
"Jacob’s achievements as a Glory player speak for themselves," he said, "and he has also been a key force in driving the club forward in his subsequent off-field roles.
"On behalf of everyone associated with Perth Glory, I would like to thank him for his years of service and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
Burns himself, meanwhile, reflected on his 11-year association with the club.
"I have decided that the time has come to step away and allow others to control the football direction,” he said.
"I was honoured to be given the opportunity and am extremely proud of the legacy and foundations that I leave behind.
"During my time as Glory captain, I felt that our achievements put the club firmly back on the scene as a force within the new, modern A-League. "It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye for now and I will continue to support the club I love from the stands.
"I would like to thank Tony, Lucy and the Sage family for their support and of course, our wonderfully loyal Members and fans."
IMAGE: Perth Glory.