HAROLD ready to step up


Our number 17 Chris Harold looks ahead to Saturday’s game against the Heart.

Should he get his opportunity against Melbourne Heart this weekend, Perth Glory’s Chris Harold is ready to seize it with both hands.

The attacking midfielder has caught the eye with a string of impressive cameos off the bench this season, grabbing his first goal for the club in last month’s thrilling 3-2 home win over Newcastle.

And now he’s understandably desperate to make his starting debut as Glory seek to get back to winning ways at AAMI Park.

“As a player coming off the bench,” he said, “you want to make an impact and I feel that I’ve done that in the last few games.

“So I’m just pushing as hard as I can to get into the starting side so that I can do that for 90 minutes.

“I’m definitely ready to start, but I’m not going to go to Fergie and speak to him about starting, I’ve just got to show him in training that I’m capable of going out there and doing a job.”

The 20-year-old former Gold Coast United man went on to confirm his belief that fortune hasn’t favoured Glory over the course of the last four games and that a return to winning ways is just around the corner.

“I think, to be fair, we haven’t been doing too many things wrong,” he said.

“We’ve been creating a lot of chances, but things haven’t quite been going our way.

“We do have a couple of people out, but we do have good replacements, we have good depth in the squad and I feel that this weekend we will get a result.

“When we played Heart in round 3 at nib, I thought we really dominated that game and deserved the win, so I feel we should be able to go out and get a similar result on Saturday.

“We are creating chances and things in football can turn your way and when they do, you just get on a roll.”

Having been largely employed as an out-and-out centre-forward during his time at Skilled Park, Harold has had to adapt to filling a wide midfield role since arriving in the west, but feels that the new position suits his strengths.

“I played a lot as a number nine,” he said, “but now I’ve moved out to a wider position, so players like Travis Dodd and Dean Heffernan, I can learn a lot from them.

“I think playing out wide is the best position for me at this point in time.

“I feel that when I can get the ball and run at players, that’s when I’m at my most dangerous and I can cause problems for the opposition.”