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By ESPN Staff

Perth Glory axe Nick Ward, Dean Heffernan

Perth Glory defender Dean Heffernan and midfielder Nick Ward have been released by the A-League club.

But Japanese forward Ryo Nagai, midfielder Liam Miller, Steve McGarry and Matias Cordoba are still in discussions with the club over potential new deals.

Heffernan, who has played in three A-League grand finals and twice represented the Socceroos, notched 23 games this season, with his versatility giving the club good depth around the park.

Used primarily as a defender, Heffernan played one of the best games of his career when used up front in the 1-1 draw with Adelaide a fortnight ago.

Ward started just nine games this season in his first year back at Perth Glory.

New Glory coach Alistair Edwards has previously stated his intention to lure more home-grown talent back to the club, making his decision to cut Perth-born Ward an interesting one.

The 28-year-old won a NSL Championship with Perth in 2004, but has struggled to regain the form that won him the A-League young player of the year award in 2006.

Fringe goalkeeper Lewis Italiano and injury-plagued winger Evan Berger were also cut.

The Glory's championship bid was ended when they were beaten 2-1 by Melbourne Victory in last week's elimination final.

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