Glory ask Castro for early decision

21 April 2017 06:44:24 EST

Perth Glory want an answer from Spanish marquee Diego Castro within the next month about whether he will stay for next season.

Castro won the Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League's player of the year last season, and has again been a key player in the Glory's success this time around.

The 34-year-old signed a contract extension last year worth around $500,000, and Perth want him to stay for a third season.

They had intended to let him return to Spain during the off-season before seeking a final answer by July, but they don't want to leave themselves short of time to find a replacement if he leaves.

So club owner Tony Sage wants an answer from the former Sporting Gijon and Getafe player by the time Perth hold their awards night on 13th May - a week after the A-League grand final.

Castro, who scored 13 goals in his 26 games in his first season with the Glory, was also named Perth's player of the year and selected in the A-League team of the year last season.

This time around he's scored 12 goals to help the club into the Finals Series.

His management have been approached by several other A-League clubs, while there has also been international interest.

Newcastle are believed to have made the Spaniard an offer, but then turned their attentions to Central Coast's Roy O'Donovan and signed the Irish striker to a contract for next season.

Perth intend to make an offer to Rhys Williams for next season, despite having had a mid-season fall-out with the player.

The 28-year-old, who is aiming to overcome a hip injury in time for Sunday's elimination final against Melbourne City at AAMI Park, has been linked with a move to Melbourne Victory.

Sage said: "I would be extremely disappointed and upset if Rhys signs with another club without allowing us to make an offer."

The Glory are 18/5 to win their elimination final against Melbourne City, who are 4/6 with the draw 16/5.

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