Perth Glory link up with Man City

Australian A-League club Perth Glory said Friday they had signed a partnership agreement with English Premier League side Manchester City.

The Glory will become part of a worldwide alliance of seven clubs which co-owner John Spence said would have far reaching benefits on and off the pitch for the West Australian outfit.

"Football is growing so rapidly that only by sharing skills, resources and expertise will clubs be able to realise their full potential," Spence said in a statement.

Perth Glory would benefit from player loans between the alliance clubs, he said, along with player trials, friendlies and pre-season matches, cross-marketing, cross-sponsorship, academies, coaching and administration.

Apart from the Glory, the alliance comprises Manchester City, Chonburi from Thailand, China's Shanghai Shenhua, Russian outfit FC Moscow, Thanda Royal Zulu in South Africa and Swiss side Grasshoppers Zurich.