Perth Glory have signed Matildas forward Leena Khamis on a short-term contract as the A-League Women club battles injuries and COVID-19 headaches.
Khamis has made more than 120 ALW appearances during spells with Sydney FC, Canberra United and most recently Western Sydney Wanderers, where she scored two goals in ten games last season.
Her domestic honours include two Premierships and one Championship title, plus a Golden Boot award in 2009.
At international level, the 35-year-old has 25 Matildas caps to her name and was part of the squad that won the Asian Cup in 2010.
Glory’s attacking options have been depleted by recent injuries to Cyera Hintzen, Susan Phonsongkham and Demi Koulizakis.
The club is also battling a COVID-19 outbreak that it is trying to contain.
Khamis jumped at the chance to join Glory on a short-term injury contract when she was approached by coach Alex Epakis.
“I still had the drive and passion to go on and play the 2022 season, but unfortunately wasn’t given the opportunity,” she said.
“Alex got in contact with me and we had a really good chat regarding the team and how I could possibly help out.
“I think these ladies are a special group.
“They have a really good chance to push for finals this season and I hope to achieve it with them.
“We aim to play semi-finals football because based on history, anything can happen once you’re there.”
Sixth-placed Glory have played five games this season for two wins, two losses, and a draw.
Khamis is set to be included in Glory’s squad for Sunday’s clash with the fifth-placed Newcastle Jets at No.2 Sportsground.