Physical Wuthrich enjoying A-League success

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A more physical league has helped new Perth Glory centre-back Gregory Wuthrich thrive at his new club, this week collecting his fourth A-League team of the week nomination.

The Swiss defender moved to Glory in the winter from Young Boys, having played Champions League football for the club.

Despite being just 25 years old he has brought valuable experience to a Glory back line that took a significant hit with key players departing at the end of last season.

“In the Swiss league, there are many young players so it’s less physical sometimes” Wuthrich said.

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“I really like playing the A-League because being physical is what I like. That’s the biggest difference, the A-League is more physical.

“I enjoy playing here, I am able to train with a lot of joy, I have a coach that believes in me, and I feel very comfortable here.”

The cohesion of the defensive group was a concern for Perth in the early part of the season. The adjustment from the raft of off-season changes was made more difficult by an injury to Osama Malik.

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“We needed a way to build that group and build that chemistry. We’ve all clicked together and you can see the results are coming our way, in our favour, and we need to keep going with that.” Wuthrich said.

Physicality has been a key to the success of the defenders collectively, with Ivan Franjic and fellow new signing James Meredith being given an attacking license.

“We enjoy defending together as a group. Our back three is very strong, we are all tall guys, like Tomi (Mrcela) and Alex (Grant) and James Meredith on the side brings lots of experience from his time in England and he’s a really physical player as well.” Wuthrich said.

“We’ve really clicked the last six or seven weeks, we’re really in form. But we can’t be happy with that and need to keep searching for wins.”

Wuthrich was subbed off after 37 minutes in the round four game against Central Coast Mariners, causing some concern for his spot in the side, but he has been a mainstay since, and has become one of the most inform players in his position in the league.

The Swiss national and his defensive colleagues will be key to the club’s success in Saturday night’s clash against Melbourne Victory.

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“They have a very good front three, they’re very dangerous, but we play at home, so we play with a lot of confidence and we want to keep the three points here in Perth.”

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