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Brotherly advice draws Mills to Glory

He's lived with Welsh superstar Gareth Bale and England poster boy Theo Walcott but new Glory recruit Joseph Mills is hoping his switch to Perth is his best move yet.

Mills started his career alongside Bale and Walcott at Southampton's renowned football academy but while they've gone on to become soccer megastars, Mills has become somewhat of an English journeyman.

The 26-year-old made 14 league appearances for Southampton before stints at Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Reading, Burnley, Oldham and Shresbury.

Needing a fresh start, he sought advice from his brother Jonathan who convinced him to join him in the city of Perth.

"He came over here just for a holiday and this is his sixth year here now, so that tells you a lot about the city," Mills said.

"He loves it. He said how friendly a place it is to live. Everyone's welcoming, which I've found.

"He always said about coming over here. And with last season, I wasn't enjoying my football as much.

"Once the offer was on the table, I jumped on it."

Mills said he always sensed Bale and Walcott were destined for stardom.

"Even back then, how hard they worked and the level of quality they showed, it was only a matter of time before they went on to bigger and better things," Mills said.

Mills missed Glory's 2-0 FFA Cup win over Brisbane through illness but played 45 minutes in the side's 1-0 win over the WA State side earlier this month.

The former England U18 international is a chance to feature again for Glory in Thursday night's friendly clash with Iraq who are in Perth preparing for next week's World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos.

Glory have been installed early favourites for this season's A-League crown following an impressive recruitment drive that netted Adam Taggart, Rhys Williams, Mills and Rostyn Griffiths.

The quartet will join last season's stars Josh Risdon, Andy Keogh, Shane Lowry and Diego Castro in the star-studded squad.