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Sep 13, 2022   |  11:40AM AET

Gold Coast clash all about the timing for Ruben

Gold Coast clash all about the timing for Ruben

Glory Head Coach Ruben Zadkovich is hoping to see his side’s timing improve, especially going forward, in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly against Gold Coast Knights at the Croatian Sports Centre in Carrara (kick-off at 6.30pm local time, admission FREE).

The men in purple headed north following last Thursday’s draw with the Mariners and have been put through their paces in a tough training camp since arriving on the Gold Coast.

Zadkovich is now expecting to see a greater fluency from his charges as the countdown to next month’s season-opener against Western Sydney Wanderers continues.

“We’re looking to improve in a few different areas,” he said.

“We need to get better in the timing of our combination play in the mid to front third and be a little bit sharper and more in tune.

“It’s very much a build on what we have been doing.

“The progression through pre-season has been positive, but we’re still very much in our infancy as a group.

“Every day on the training pitch and every game like this is a great chance to refine timing of movement and our understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

Glory will face a Knights side buoyed by their victory over Brisbane Olympic in Saturday’s NPL Queensland Grand Final and Zadkovich is expecting a challenging hit-out.

“It would be fair to say that this will be a step up on the NPL games that we had in Perth before we came away,” he said.

“Off the back of the Central Coast game and a hard training week… under fatigue, it’ll be a stiff test against a well-organised and well-coached team.

“We don’t have the luxury of making dramatic changes and giving everyone equal minutes.

“It’s a case of working with a focus towards Round One.

“We’ll put out a pretty strong side and keep building.”