Glory youngster makes Euro move and he could face an ex-A-Leagues star in season opener

Perth Glory academy graduate Joseph Forde has joined Waterford FC in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

The versatile defender and Young Socceroo swapped the Isuzu UTE A-League for the Republic of Ireland’s top flight after his Glory contract was terminated by mutual consent to allow him to explore an opportunity overseas.


Forde made 17 A-Leagues appearances for Perth after progressing through the ranks of the Glory academy before earning his senior bow in a 2021 Australia Cup play-off against Melbourne Victory.

“I’m very excited to be here. It’s a new chapter for me in my football journey. I know a bit about the league. I’m Irish myself, and I’ve a mate in Australia – (Glory midfielder) Aaron McEneff – I’ve been talking to him, and he’s been giving me the rundown of the league,” said the 20-year-old.

“I describe myself as an attacking full-back. I like to go forward, take players on, deliver crosses, and make things happen. I enjoyed meeting all the lads and they all made me feel welcome.

“It’s completely different from where I’ve been in Australia, so I’m very excited and ready to take it on.”

Forde played in the qualifying rounds of the Australia Cup this season, though he did not make an appearance in the 2023-24 Isuzu UTE A-League.

Waterford were promoted to the Premier Division via the First Division 2023 play-offs.

The Blues are six-time League of Ireland champions, though they have not won the league since 1972-73.

Waterford are scheduled to kick-off their 2024 season against Damien Duff’s Shelbourne on February 16.

Duff is a former Ireland and Chelsea star, who previously played for Melbourne City.

“We’re delighted to welcome Joseph to the group, joining us from the A-League with Perth Glory,” said Waterford head coach Keith Long.

“Joseph has played first team football there; at a good standard and a good level. He’s very fit and athletic, and a very fast and powerful defender. He’s adaptable in terms of positions; he can play full back, wing back, left back so we’re looking forward to working with him.

“He’s 20 years of age, has played for the Australian Under-20s, has got Irish connections, and has ambitions to play at a high level in the game, so we’re hopeful he’ll make a big impact this season.”