The Chianese code is the missing link

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Perth Glory veteran Joel Chianese has re-joined the club to finish off the 2020/21 A-League season and says he is the missing link to get them to the finals.

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The 31-year-old is back in Australia for the off-season of the Indian Super League where he plays for Hyderabad FC and jumped at the chance to return to his past club, having left after being crowned Premiers of the 2018/19 season.

“It gives me a good chance to come back, stay fit, you know, keep my skills up, but at the same time try to help the club push for the finals, because I knew the situation the club was in so it sort of benefited both parties,” he said.

Glory sit 10th on the A-League following three losses and two draws, but Chianese believes he adds a unique edge to the squad that can see them through.

“I can add a different dimension to the team, which I think I do in terms of the way I play, getting behind the defence and using my speed, which gives us a different dimension,” he said.

Now two games in with the squad, the returning player has already proved his value by scoring the only two goals Glory scored. He said it was a skill he had always possessed.

“It’s something that’s always had in my game,” he said.

“I think most my running behind the defence, the timing of my runs and sort of being in the right spot at the at the right times I’ve always had that in my game.”

When asked where this skill stemmed from, the forward attributed it to his history in athletics.

“I guess I’ve always been quick, ever since a young age,” he said.

“I did athletics when I was a kid as well. I’ve done it since a very young age from, you know, like, seven or eight years old until I was 30 so I’ve had a big period athletics which I guess could be part of it.”

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Apart from his athletic past, the player also mentioned the benefit of working with a familiar team.

“Running and working with the players who you know, who deliver the balls and give the balls in the right position, it’s just more about understanding the game, understanding the players who are the creators in the team and working off them,” he said.

“I have a good relationship with the boys from the guys that were there from last season or season before. So hopefully, I can continue the run I’m in and we can just shore up the defence and push towards final because it’s getting tight now.”

With only five weeks left of the competition, Chianese will need to continue to perform to push Glory into the top six and prove himself the secret weapon he claims to be.

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Breanna Redhead
WA based student journalist, covering Perth Glory for the 2020/21 A-League season

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