Perth have released Japanese winger Ryo Nagai from his A-League loan deal, meaning the Glory are looking for a new import.

Perth Glory are on the lookout for a new import after releasing Japanese winger Ryo Nagai from his A-League loan deal.

Nagai, who tore his hamstring three weeks ago, will return to J-League club Cerezo Osaka later this month.

The 22-year-old’s loan deal was set to expire at the end of January, but the Glory decided to end his stint early to bolster their injury-hit squad during the transfer window.

Interim coach Kenny Lowe said he was on looking for an attack-minded player to boost the club’s scoring potency.

“Our issue is probably scoring goals,” Lowe said.

“If you can bring in some attacking-minded players, maybe we can sneak up the table.

“We are moving in the right direction but, if you stand still, someone will run over you.”

Nagai scored four goals over 26 games for Perth after arriving at the club in September 2012.

Meanwhile, star striker Shane Smeltz is no guarantee to start in next week’s home clash with Brisbane despite scoring a brace in Friday night’s 3-0 win over Melbourne Heart.

Smeltz, in his first game back from an ankle injury, scored in the 86th and 89th minutes after being introduced into the fray in the 74th minute.

Lowe said it was important not to overwork the Kiwi international so soon into his comeback.

“We’ve got to drip feed him in,” Lowe said.

“Same as William Gallas and Josh Risdon when they come back – we’ve got a duty of care and a moral responsibility to make sure that when they come back, they can do what they need to do.

“Smeltzy at the moment is 15 (minutes), then 20, then maybe 40, then whatever.

“In three or four weeks’ time, he may start. If he keeps scoring goals, he’ll start.”

Former French international Gallas, who has missed the past seven games with a calf injury, is unlikely to be risked against Brisbane.

Perth’s second victory on the trot moved them back into the top six, with their win over Heart inspired by Adrian Zahra’s 64th-minute strike from the edge of the box.