Aaron Calver hoping to make his mark on Perth Glory

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Aaron Calver is relishing a new challenge as he makes the move west to Perth Glory, following a two-year stint at Western United.

With more than 80 A-League Men’s appearances under his belt, the 25-year-old believes he can add some experience to the side.

Calver was attracted to Glory by the people-first culture sold to him.

“Obviously, Richie (Garcia) has been around a long time, he knows what kind of people create a better culture. I knew being under him we would have that, so I was drawn to that,” Calver said.

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The presence of some familiar faces was also a factor in his decision.

Calver played with both Garcia and Brandon O’Neil during his seven-year spell at Sydney FC.

However, an injury affected pre-season means fans may have to wait to see him in action.

“I have a bit of a back niggle, so I’ve missed a couple of months, which I’m just kind of returning to now. So hopefully I should be there or there abouts for round one,” he said.

“It’s been a bit challenging because it’s never easy with a back. It’s always a bit up in the air as to what the actual source is”.

With his rehab complete, he hopes to get back into the team as quick as possible and help contribute to some clean sheets.

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As a natural centre-back, Calver considers himself a no-frills defender.

“I like to get stuck in and just do my job as much as I can, and I’ll throw my body around to stop goals,” he said.

He may well have his work cut out for him as he joins a Glory side that conceded 44 goals last season, the third-highest in the league.

He is adamant improving this record has been a big focus for the group.

“We’ve been working a lot on our defensive shape, not just as a back five but as a whole team and I think if you can take away 10 of those goals. it’s a really good starting point you know,” he said.

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Alongside him will be Darryl Lachman, who is tasked with leading a new-look defence.

“He’s 30 odd years of age now, he’s played at some pretty big clubs, so he more leads by example, but it’s really good to see,” Calver said.

However, Calver is looking to step up and display his own leadership qualities.

“I’d like to think myself, I can kind of lead my way around with my voice and actions,” he said.

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Just 16 games shy of his A-League ton, he believes it’s a decent milestone for any footballer to achieve.

“I’ll be stoked and pretty honoured that it’s over here with Perth, with a good bunch of boys. But obviously, I’ve got goals of playing a lot more and trying to get to that 200, 250 kind of mark,” he said.

“So yeah, obviously it’s a good achievement, but more to come.”

Feature image credit: Perth Glory

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Lachlan Allen
Lachlan is a recent Journalism graduate from Curtin University. He will be covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-league season

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