Perth’s reinvigorated goalkeeper Liam Reddy has credited former club custodian and assistant coach Danny Milosevic for his rich vein in form.
Reddy, 35, admits he’s in some of the best form of his career which he says is attributable to Milosevic’s mentoring.
“I was playing some pretty good football at Central Coast for the first two years I was there, but definitely now I’ve been playing well this year too and a lot of that credit’s got to go to Danny Milosevic the goalkeeping coach” he said.
Milosevic comes from a rich pedigree. He was Captain of Australia’s U-20 team at the 1997 World Youth Cup, before signing with Glory in 1998 by former coach Bernd Stange. The Melbourne born goalkeeper then moved to Leeds United after a season with Perth, before taking up a spot with the New Zealand Knights in the inaugural year of the Hyundai A-League.
“He’s been exceptional and he’s brought my game to another level and I really enjoy working under him” Reddy added.
“I think it’s a different voice, I get on really well with Danny and he puts on great training sessions, we have a good working relationship and I think that’s key and I think it’s definitely showing on the park”.
Reddy played a starring role in the team’s come-from behind 2-1 win over Victory at the weekend, saving a penalty against Glory nemesis Besart Berisha.
“All the pressure is on the kicker, so it’s just down to a little bit of luck and hopefully going the right way. I’ve been lucky the last couple weeks”
It was Reddy’s third penalty save in a month and was happy to stop the spot kick in front of 11,271 screaming fans.
“It was always good to save it in front of the shed, it was an important time of the game just before half time and it kept it at 0-0 at half time.
Looking ahead to Round 17 Perth will now face Central Coast Mariners who sit in 10th spot.
“I think we owe Central Coast something” Reddy said of his former team.
“It was disappointing in the first game to let three goals slip and we were poor against them last time we went there so we need to be on our game this week.”
“It’s an important game there’s still teams around us, we can still catch fourth and we can reign in Brisbane so it’s a big game for us” he added.
Glory heads into Saturday night’s match after a five game unbeaten run.
Kick-off is at Central Coast stadium at 2.35pm WST.
Glory returns to nib Stadium on February 4 against Newcastle.