Ranking Perth Glory’s A-League Men’s signings this season

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We’re now a few months into the A-League Men’s season, so what better time to take a look at how Perth Glory’s signings are shaping up and rank them.

  1. Antonee Burke-Gilroy

The 24-year-old has been a bright spark for Glory this season, injecting some much-needed pace into the side.

Burke-Gilroy has worked tirelessly on the right-wing combining his defensive work rate with the ability to get forward, chipping in with a goal and two assists in his six matches.

He should be one of the first names on the team sheet every week.

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2. Brandon O’Neil

The captain of the side has been limited to just three appearances so far this season, due to the birth of his baby daughter and the impact of COVID-19.

While he has not played as much as he would have liked, he’s looked impressive when called upon and we’ll be looking to put a run of games together in the second half of the season.

The leadership he brings to the side is invaluable and if he can combine this with his ability on the pitch, there’s no doubt he’ll be a success.

3. Aaron Calver

The former Western United man has been solid if not spectacular in defence for Glory this season.

Playing every match so far, he’s looked comfortable in the right-back role or when asked to slot into centre-back.

Last week, he put in two of his best performances against Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC and will be hoping to build on this.

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4. Brad Jones

The veteran goalkeeper has been hampered by injuries this season, only making two appearances thus far.

When has been on the park, however, he’s looked every bit the calming presence Glory will need between the sticks.

Here’s hoping he can put his injury problems behind him and start securing those clean sheets.

5. Adrian Sardinero

The Spaniard has been disappointing this season and still seems to be adjusting to life in the A-League Men.

In his six appearances for the side, he is yet to score his first goal for the club and has one assist, hardly the numbers he would have hoped for.

However, you can’t fault his effort and he should improve as his chemistry with the rest of the team develops.

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  1. Jack Clisby

The 29-year-old has looked average for Glory this season rarely putting a foot wrong but not really adding much at the same time.

His strength is that he can play in multiple positions on the left side, from full-back, wing-back to winger.

However, due to this versatility, he’s been unable to nail down a position and find some consistency. A solid squad player at this stage but not much more.

7. Mitch Oxborrow

Hard to rank considering’s he’s only played two games, although when he’s been called upon, he’s been solid.

Provides some much-needed depth for Glory in the centre of the park and will keep things ticking over.

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8. Pacifique Niyongabire

Another player that hasn’t featured as much as they would have hoped coming into the season.

Started the first game of the season against Adelaide and put in a disappointing performance, has been restricted to just two appearances off the bench since then.

Will need to bide his time and take his chance when it comes.

9. Daniel Sturridge

The star man has found himself at the bottom of the rankings, largely through no fault of his own.

Just when it looked like he was building to full match fitness, his third quarantine in just three months in the country has set him back again.

A 28-minute cameo against Sydney FC was a promising sign but we just haven’t seen enough of the Englishman to judge if he’s going to be a success.

There are plenty of games to turn it around but things don’t seem to be going right for Sturridge at the moment.

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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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