Perth Glory’s pre-season for the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League campaign has begun with four fresh faces taking to the field today.
Asian Champions League winner Antony Golec, West Australian Alex Grant, new keeper Jerrad Tyson and young midfield dynamo Hagi Gligor are all part of a new look Perth Glory FC.
Head Coach Kenny Lowe, who’s been busy in the off-season recruiting for new talent, said the club was determined for success in the coming season.
“We’re hoping to build on last year. We move forward and we’re keen and hungry” he said.
“It’s exciting, it’s superb. Everyone’s happy, back in training and can play with a smile on their face” he added.
Lowe said the off-season for him had been busy despite a six week break for his players.
“I’ve had no off-season” he joked.
“But. There’s no pressure or stress. We’ve got a good group of people who are hungry and want to do well. That’s a recipe for success” he explained.
“We’ll be focussed on trying to again put an entertaining, competitive side on the park that people are proud to come and watch” he said.
Lowe said fans and members can expect to see a new look Glory this year, with healthy competition for game time.
“I’m spoilt for choice” Lowe said, referring to his new defenders Golec and Grant.
Golec won an Asian Champions League medal last season with Western Sydney Wanderers, and said it was a magnificent experience to learn from.
“It was phenomenal. We had a lot of belief in the face of adversity and created our own luck” he said.
As for Perth Glory, the 25-year old said it was the perfect place for him to achieve some new goals.
“The club and players have welcomed me with open arms. This is the club I want to be at” he said.
“You’ve got to do the work and prove you’re good enough. I’ve got one goal and that’s to do well for the club and hopefully we can achieve great things” he said.
21-year old Alex Grant grew up in Perth before being spotted and signed by Portsmouth at age 16.
While he could be competing against experienced hands for a regular spot, the Manchester born defender said playing in England over the past five years taught him a great deal.
“I’ve got a lot of hunger and belief in my own ability to push for a regular spot in the side” he said.
“It’s the right time for me, things sound promising here and I’m looking forward to the opportunity” he said.
The first home game of the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season comes on October 18 against Wellington Phoenix.
Perth Glory will play its first competitive match against Newcastle Jets away at Magic Park, in the FFA Cup Round of 32 on August 11.
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