Perth Glory Season Preview 2015/16

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What looked like being a great 2014/15 season for Perth Glory was left in tatters when the club was found guilty of breaching the salary cap and booted out of the finals by Football Federation Australia (FFA).

Kenny Lowe has taken the remnants of the squad and added some new faces but will it be enough to challenge again this time round?

Last season

A-League: 7th (demoted from 3rd for breaching the salary cap)
Finals: Don’t mention the war

 

They’ll win the league because… 

They’ve managed to hold on to some key defenders. Retaining Dino Djulbic, Michael Thwaite and Josh Risdon is a big win, while Antony Golec is a solid option to play at left back. Ante Covic still has something to offer in goal and Jerrad Tyson is a strong back up. Not conceding too many will be crucial for a side that might end up being a bit goal shy at the other end.

 

They’ll be cellar dwellers because… 

There is very little depth. Against the Western Sydney Wanderers in the FFA Cup, full back Marc Warren was deployed as an attacking winger when Chris Harold came off, while Sidnei led the line on as his own having replaced Guyon Fernandez up front. Any injuries to key starting players will hit Glory hard.

Talk around the water cooler… look smart in front of your colleagues with this valuable piece of information.

Diego Castro’s last goal in La Liga came at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid on May 23 this year. However, his Getafe side lost 7-3 as Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick.

 

The off-season brought… 

More personnel changes. Glory supporters are well used to players coming and going but off the back of the salary cap breach and subsequent punishment, it’s a little bit tougher to take this time. There have been some alterations off the park as well and hopefully the right people are in place to make much needed improvements.

 

Key Player: 

Diego Castro comes to the A-League with a wealth of experience having spent a number of seasons as a regular starter in La Liga. The 33-year-old can play right across the front line and, along with Nebo Marinkovic, will be tasked with providing the ammunition for another visa signing, Guyon Fernandez.

 

One to Watch: 

Ruben Zadkovich. Can the former Newcastle Jets skipper get himself fit enough to fill the void left by Rostyn Griffiths? If not, there aren’t many other options to protect the Glory back four. Zadkovich actually played very well in that role last season and, with a good passing range, he is a good asset to them team when he has a calm head on his shoulders.

 

Full Squad List: 

1. COVIC Ante, 2. GRANT Alex, 3. WARREN Marc, 4. COLLARD Jacob, 5. GOLEC Antony, 6. DJULBIC Dino, 7. SANDOR Gyorgy, 8. ZADKOVICH, Ruben, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa, 11. GARCIA Richard, 12. TYSON Jerrad, 13. FERREIRA Diogo, 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. GLIGOR Hagi, 16. SCIOLA MORAES Sidnei, 17. CASTRO Diego, 18. OXBORROW Mitchell, 19. RISDON Joshua, 20. FERNANDEZ Guyon, 21. VALENTINI Slobodan, 22. VULIN Slobodan, 23. THWAITE Michael, 30. THURTELL Jordan.

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Neil Sherwin
Neil has covered the Perth Glory and the Hyundai A-League for five years and is one of Western Australia's most knowledgeable football journalists.

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