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Brendon Santalab announces retirement

Brendon Santalab announces his retirement. Photo: Indiana Lysaght.

Perth Glory veteran Brendon Santalab has announced his plans to retire at the end of the A-league season.

The Perth Glory forward has had a successful 20-year career and says it is the right time to hang up his boots.

“Amongst this group of players and people, its the right time for me,” he said.

“I will go out of the game knowing that I have played with a phenomenal side, under a top coach and I’ll leave the game with no regrets.”

Santalab has made 13 appearances for the Glory, who sit six points clear on top of the A-league table.

The 36-year-old said he aimed to bring home some silverware to end his career.

“It’s been an incredible journey, but the most exciting thing now is that I have an opportunity to win two trophies with only six weeks to go,” he said.

The A-league veteran won’t be straying far from the game, and said he wanted to focus on mentoring the next generation of players.

“Mentoring our youth players, and helping bring up new Socceroos, to put all my experience over the last 20 years in the kids coming through,” Santalab said.

“That’s a really important thing for me, that I can give back in that way.”

Perth Glory’s next game is against the Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday April 7 at 5pm WST.

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