Grant in no rush to return, focused on next season

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With his left-foot strapped in a knee-high moon-boot, emerging defender Alex Grant spoke exclusively with The Football Sack to talk over all things Perth Glory.

Having suffered a season-ending ankle injury, there has been plenty of reflection time for Alex Grant on a campaign that was cut short as it was beginning to show promise.

Although Perth struggled to find form as a team throughout the opening half of the season, there were no such troubles for Grant as he cemented himself as one of the first names on the team sheet each week.

Now focusing on next year, the ex-Stoke City man chatted about how his injury was progressing.

“This is about third time I’ve had a lengthy injury layoff so I know what it’s all about, but my ankle is getting on really well,” he said.

“I’m still in the moon-boot for another three weeks, but then I’ll progress to running and weight-baring exercises.

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“I’ll be out for the rest of the campaign, but I’m in no rush to get back. I want to get this injury right, so there is no chance of it happening again.

In regards to the team’s performance, the Englishman was confident that a surge in results was possible.

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“We came good toward the end of last year, and I think it will be the same for this season,” he continued.

“We’ve got five home games out of our last eight fixtures, which is good because we know how important the home games are.

“Nobody likes coming to Perth, so hopefully we can cement a top four spot and get a home final.”

With the January transfer window now over, it seems the off-field rumours and controversy surrounding Perth Glory have disappeared.

Grant acknowledged there was “unwanted” situations surrounding the club at times this season, but insisted the club had handled those situations professionally.

“With regards to everything that’s happened off the pitch, I don’t have a massive opinion on it all,” he said.

“As players we have to deal with these situations. Things crop up along the way.

“Yes, we had unwanted situations happening off the pitch, but everyone’s maintained their professionalism and got on with the job to continue playing good football.

“All the boys are behind the manager and I believe he is still leading the club in the right direction.”

Having been made to play in excessive heat at times this season, Grant was in full support of the FFA’s decision postpone the Round 19 clash between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory.

“The heat is a major factor for me personally, I think it can really affect the standard of the game at times,” Grant said.

“Some lads have played all their lives in cold climate, so it can be very hard to adjust.

“So it’s good to see fixtures are now being postponed and re-scheduled to counter the heat accommodate for a decent standard of football.

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With the major league talking point being the expansion of two new teams, Grant was firm in his assessment that it is what the league needs.

“New teams open up more opportunities for players. We need more fixtures – 27 rounds isn’t long enough,” he said.

“It’s hard to rack up a lot of games in Australia because there is only 27 rounds, so if you get injured you’ll struggle to get back and get a lot of game time.

“It becomes really difficult to claw back into the side, so I can see a lot of positives to adding two teams.

“As to where – I don’t have much of an idea to who would be best suited. Eventually another team in Perth would be brilliant to see.”

Grant has a long rehabilitation program ahead of him, so dreaming of another Perth team in the A-League may not be the worst way to help ease the pain of obtaining full fitness once again.

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