The six-year homecoming: Jack Clisby 2.0

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Jack Clisby is taking a trip down memory lane as he wears Perth Glory’s purple for the first time in six years.

After successful stints over east, Clisby has found his way home as Glory fans welcomed the 29-year-old back to Perth with a full house in their A-League Men’s season opener on Saturday against Adelaide United.

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“It was a special moment for me, even just being back at the stadium, a lot of memories came rushing back and just wearing that jersey again it gave me so much pride,” Clisby said.

“In my debut for Glory back in 2013, I just remember how proud I was to go out for the first time and to make my professional debut for my hometown club. It’s a memory that will always stick.”

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Aside from being born and raised in Perth, Clisby’s driving force in his decision to move back to his home club was heavily influenced by head coach Richard Garcia.

“When I was first at Glory, Richie was someone I looked up to. As a younger player he was one of the older players and I continue to look up to him even now as a coach,” he said.

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“He’s a great motivator, he’s tactically very good and has the boys in shape; we can play a number of different ways due to his education on tactics and portraying that onto the team.

“Richie is fantastic, he’s got that real drive for the players and he gets the best out of us.”

Clisby admires the works of Garcia, and assistant coach Steven McGarry, as they collaboratively apply their years of experience and ‘football brains’ into improving the squad.

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Now, being an ‘older’ boy, Clisby brings leadership to Glory as he aims to influence and guide the younger generation of footballers just as Garcia did for him.

“I find myself being in that category where the younger boys are coming up through the ranks and potentially looking up to me so I’m making sure that I can help them when I can,” he said.

“There’s definitely a lot of leaders in the team, and in this club, and I think that’s what drives the club to be successful.”

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The centre-back now turned winger, said he always planned to return to Perth and believes this is the season Glory can go all the way.

“Even when I’ve been away, my heart has always been in Perth and it’s always been a part of me. It means a lot to me to be back playing back for my hometown club,” he said.

The hometown hero vows he’s here to stay and with the squad completed by merging new and old signings, the season ahead brings high expectations and a sense of nostalgia.

Feature image credit: Perth Glory

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Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-league season. Siuuu

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