Perth Glory legend joins Forrestfield

Forrestfield United Soccer Club would like to announce that former Perth Glory legend, and current Glory Westfield W-League Coach Bobby Despotovski will be part of the clubs coaching staff in the PS4 NPLWA next season.

The 46-year-old, who has played 240 games for the Glory, and helped them to the NSL titles in 2002–03, 2003–04, won the ‘Johnny Warren Medal’ as best player in the league in 2005-06, and also won four Socceroos caps, will assist Head Coach Rod Banjac and Terry Brown next season and he said it’s a great opportunity to get back into local men’s football

“I’m really looking forward to have an influence on the men’s football again,” he explained. “FUSC is the club with the high ambitions, and also the club that is coached by very good friend of mine Rod, and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Banjac said Despotovski is a perfect fit for the club going forward. “Bobby and I go back 20 years, but it was during my time at Glory FC as an assistant to legendary Frank Arok (Head of Youth Development) that our friendship was forged as we are 100% aligned in regards to how football should be played,” he explained.

“So it was just a matter of time before we teamed up and I can’t express the gratitude towards all the hardworking members of Forrestfield United for creating such a fantastic football environment that attracts the services of such a gifted individual as Bobby.”

Banjac said the striker CV in football is impressive, and he will be invaluable passing on his experience in the game to the young players at FUSC. “During his playing days Bobby was one of the most talented and intelligent footballers I have ever seen and rightfully acknowledged by being awarded just about every award there is at the highest national level including a call up to the national team, top goal scorer and the Johnny Warren medal winner as the best player in the country,” he said.

“It is so satisfying to see that his talent continues to benefit our game in WA through coaching for which he has already been acknowledged as the best coach in the W-League during last year. Forrestfield United is buzzing at the moment as we have now become a well-structured footballing institution with a fantastic coaching team that has been operating together for four years while surrounded by some of the best facilities in the state and supported by a very knowledgeable and dedicated administrative group.

“We take a lot of pride in playing our part to benefit our community by focusing on the attractive style of Football while developing our regions players as well as coaches and there is no doubt that everyone will benefit from Bobby’s knowledge and extensive experience at the highest level. Bobby joins our coaching team as an Assistant Head Coach at the end of W League once his commitment to Perth Glory Women has been fulfilled and the whole region is excited about that.”