Glory land veteran defender Elrich

Ed Jackson
Tarek Elrich (L) will reunite with former Wanderers coach Tony Popovic at Perth Glory

Veteran defender Tarek Elrich has joined Perth Glory just days after being granted a release by Western Sydney Wanderers.

The 33-year-old has signed an 18-month deal taking in the rest of this A-League season and next summer's campaign.

The Glory will be Elrich's fourth A-League club after playing 278 games at Newcastle, the Wanderers and Adelaide United.

Elrich said linking up with former Wanderers coach Tony Popovic had been a big driver in his move west.

"Tony taught me a lot and this is a great time to work under him again," he said.

"Perth Glory is a successful club with a rich history in both the NSL and A-League and I want to help the club to continue that success.

"I've had a taste of silverware in the past and want more.

"I know a lot of the boys in the squad, especially Liam Reddy who I've known half my life and that made the decision to move over a lot easier."

Elrich is a two-time A-League championship winner and was capped three times by the Socceroos in 2015.

His signing means the Glory have filled their quota of players in their A-League squad and gives them extra defensive cover ahead of the start of the Asian Champions League group stages next month.