The Australian collected the first ever A-League player of the year award back in the competitions inaugural season in 2005-06, but where is the former Glory attacker now in 2019?

The born and bred western Australian made a name for himself in the A-League by finishing the leagues equal top goalscorer with eight goals alongside Sydney FC’s Alex Brosque, Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson and Central Coast Mariners’ Stewart Petrie.

Despite the disappointment of slightly missing out on a finals appearance with his hometown team, he went on to collect the maiden Johnny Warren medal, which will forever be remembered in the leagues history.

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The 47-year-old would only play two seasons for the Glory finishing with a total 13 goals for the club.

In preparation for ending his playing career in 2008, he suited up for semi-professional outfit Inglewood United who are also situated in WA.

Fast forward to over a decade later and Despotovski is involved in Perth’s coaching system. If that does not show that he lives and breathes football in the western part of the country then we must be missing something.

He currently takes charge of the men’s under 20’s NPL team and the women’s W-League side.

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Despotovski has guided his W-League group to the grand final twice since his appointment in 2015, but unfortunately they have come up short on both occasions.

He was named W-League Coach of the Year following his first grand final defeat in 2016-17.

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This term his side finished fourth in the regular season before loosing out to the Melbourne Victory in the final.

Earlier this month he made headlines for slamming Football Federation Australia’s decision to have this years A-League grand final at Optus Stadium, as a pose to the Glory’s actual home ground NIB stadium. He said it takes away the reward and advantage of Perth being the premiers.

The man really does love the purple shirt.

Feature image credit: Matthew Comito

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