Competition for places motivates Alex Grant

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Perth Glory’s Alex Grant has shown so far this campaign his break out season was no fluke, developing into one of the best young defenders in the A-League.

After cementing himself in a side with lofty internal expectations it appears the two-year contract extension given to the 22-year-old during the offseason was a smart investment by the Glory.

Grant isn’t getting ahead of himself and opened up on his progression so far this season and what the high competition for places means for the team.

“Look I’m still young and still racking up experience where I can so I’m enjoying the game time that I’ve got,” he said. “But I was left out at the start of the season remember.

“There is so much competition for places this season, and that’s what the gaffer wants so I have to bring all my cards to the table and show up on game day.”

“If I don’t then there’s a good chance I’ll be out of the team, and I want to be starting every game.”

The Glory failed to take all three points in home games against Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers and have convincingly lost away games to Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC.

Grant acknowledged the inconsistent form and suggested the team have identified areas of improvement as they look toward their second meeting with the Mariners in Round 8.

“We’ve obviously dropped a couple of points at NIB Stadium that we weren’t too happy about but we know we’re usually a formidable team at home so we have to continue with that confidence,” Grant said.

“Adelaide are a pacey team and we without doubt got caught on the break too many times, so we have to understand the state of the game better at certain times.

“But like the gaffer said as well as Andy (Keogh) did on TV, no question we’ve got a lot more to give.”

With the scouting success that was Diego Castro last season, it appears the Glory are focused on bringing players with European experience to the club to compliment the growing legion of home-grown players.

As one of those Australian talents, Grant said he is “relishing” plying his trade with players like Castro, Rhys Williams and Andy Keogh, but singled out Serbian import Milan Smiljanic as someone to watch out for as the season progresses.

“Milan has the potential to be one of the best central midfielders in the league, he really is a super player,” he said.

“He’s been a great signing for us, because when you sign a player from overseas you never really know what to expect.

“It was the same last year when Diego (Castro) came in, it took him a couple of months to get going in the A-League but then he went on to win the Johnny Warren Medal.”

Alex Grant might not be a contender for the Johnny Warren Medal this year, however if given a full season of first team football it’s certainly not out of the question.

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Stewart Marshall
Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.

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