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Daniel Sturridge ends year-long football exile by finally signing for new club

Daniel Sturridge’s year away from football is over after he signed for Australian outfit Perth Glory, with injury problems and a betting ban keeping the former Chelsea and Liverpool man out of the game

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Daniel Sturridge is back in football after signing for Australian side Perth Glory following a year away from the game.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker hasn’t played a competitive match since 2020 having seen his contract terminated by Turkish side Trabzonspor in March of that year.

Injuries have been an issue throughout Sturridge’s career but he was also handed a four-month worldwide ban for breaching betting rules.

Now though he is back and is being hailed as one of the biggest signings in the history of the Australian league.

The club said on social media: “Perth Glory is very proud to announce the signing of the one and only, @danielsturridge.”

Sturridge is now 32 but has never had his quality questioned and, if he can rediscover his best form, will be a huge asset for Perth, who have never won the A-League competition in its current format.



Daniel Sturridge spent six and a half years at Liverpool
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What’s been said?

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to try a new challenge,” Sturridge told the club’s official website.

“When the opportunity came about, it felt like the right thing to do, to take my talent somewhere where I can enjoy my football in a competitive league and try and help the team be as successful as they possibly can be.

“I’m going to put my best foot forward, work hard and try and help the team win each game that comes by and then we’ll see where we end up when the season finishes.

“I can’t wait to play at HBF Park and hopefully put a smile on a lot of faces.”

Sturridge has continued to issue messages of defiance on social media, underlining his desire to return and prove his worth.

On Instagram he previously said he was “Champing at the bit”, while also adding he would “show the world” his ability in a tweet.

“Feeling sharper and sharper as the days go by. Can’t wait to play a proper game whenever the day comes and show the world my talents.”









Sturridge’s CV

The Englishman came through the ranks at Manchester City before he was snapped up by Chelsea in 2009.

He played a squad role at Stamford Bridge until Andre Villas-Boas arrived in the summer of 2011 and made him a regular.

Sturridge scored 13 goals that season as Chelsea won the Champions League.

Six months later he’d attracted the interest of then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and made a move to Anfield.



Trabzonspor were the striker’s last club




There he would form his deadly partnership with Luis Suarez as the Reds made a charge for the title in the 2013/14 season.

His 24-goal haul that year remains a career high but the striker has struggled to match those levels since.

In the summer of 2014 he was part of the England squad that headed to Brazil for the World Cup and scored in the opening game against Italy.

Ever since then, injuries have been an issue which has limited his appearances. Jurgen Klopp’s arrival also saw Sturridge fall down the pecking order and he was loaned out to West Brom back in January 2018, only for injury to strike again.

The striker grabbed a sensational last-minute equaliser for Liverpool at Chelsea back in September 2018, which was a timely reminder of his quality.

He was released by Liverpool in 2019 and headed for Turkey, although his stint was brief.


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