‘The season has been buried’ – Perth Glory focus on rebuild

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Perth Glory’s rebuild has commenced, following the announcement that defender Darryl Lachman is set to re-sign for the club.

Interim head coach Ruben Zadkovich confirmed in a media conference on Friday morning that Lachman’s contract extension process is underway. Lachman said he is in talks with the club and it is expected Glory will secure the defender on a further two-year deal.

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While it was Lachman’s first season in the A-League Men, he said he had no plans to pack up his bags and leave purely based off results and holds belief that the side can pick up its act next season.

After Zadkovich admitted the season “has been buried” for Glory, Lachman was nudged to look ahead and revealed his sights are set on their future potential.

“I want to be part of his [Zadkovich’s] plans that’s going to be for the next season,” Lachman said.

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“I found happiness again in playing, here in Australia with the weather, but also the plans they have is for me is a reason to re-sign.”

Glory are yet to announce who will permanently fill the role of head coach, but Lachman suggested he sees next season under Zadkovich’s management.

The defender inherited a significant role of educating academy and younger players on the field, after a large majority of senior players were ruled out due to injuries.

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But taking on the role did not come easy for Lachman, who said in moments of frustration has had to learn the art of patience.

“Now I have that role and I still need to learn how to deal with it, I’ll be there for them when they need me,” he said.

Lachman has been known to pull younger players aside to run them through the demanding standards all while encouraging them on and off the pitch.

Lachman said he believes he can give something back to the club that gave him his break in the ALM.

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Zadkovich sang the defender’s praises and believes Lachman is an asset to the club.

“I think he’s been outstanding in a lot of games, he’s been holding his head, you know, when others are dropping theirs in games and for me; that’s the real measure of a man,” he said.

“He’s certainly part of our plans moving forward and he’ll be a massive part of what we’re doing next year.”

Feature Image credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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

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