All-Glory Covic says he's not Ante Wanderers
The veteran goalkeeper, transferred to the Western Australian outfit during the off-season after the Western Sydney Wanderers decided against renewing his contract.
But the title-hungry 40-year-old insists he has moved on and is focused on giving his all for the West Australian outfit which was denied finals football in the wake of the salary cap scandal.
“‘Perth Glory has been great since my transition here from Western Sydney, everyone has been fantastic, there’s a good vibe in amongst the playing group, and the coaching staff has been great and I’m settling in quite well and really enjoying being here,” Covic told FourFourTwo.
“Everyone knows what happened last year – on the pitch, though, they had a successful year. There have been a lot of changes but they have also brought in quality players who have come in with a lot of pedigree.”
Coach Kenny Lowe’s men lost their season opener away to Central Coast Mariners 3-2 but Covic is convinced Glory will be in the mix come season’s end.
“It’s a matter for us to gel as we haven’t really had that much game-time, but we’ll look to continue the season positively,” he said.
“We want to be in the finals come the end of the year, push as high as possible, and nothing is out of reach as long as we keep a good mentality.
“No one is expecting us to do that much on the field and we want to prove our doubters wrong. As long as we stick to our goals and work hard, nothing can stand in our way.”
Since heeding Tony Popovic’s call to join his project in Sydney’s west back in 2012, Covic quickly established himself as a stalwart of the club, making just shy of 100 appearances for the outfit as they romped to the A-League premiership and Asian Champions League success in consecutive seasons.
Despite being unceremoniously cut from the club’s roster, Covic claims he still has a lot of respect for the club and insists it was Lowe’s genuine personality that convinced him to join the Glory.
“I’m a footballer who wants to play at the highest level with a lot left in me right now,” he said."Everyone at Western Sydney knows the reason why I left.
“I left during a successful period when the fanbase grew massively and I have a lot of respect for them. I had three great years there but I’m with Perth Glory right now and I’ll give them 110%. I’m Glory through and through.
“From the first time I spoke to Kenny, you could sense how genuine he was. He’s got drive and wants to be successful and he’s an honest guy who has good man-management skills.
“He wants the atmosphere around the team to be positive and strong and he’ll do whatever it takes to become close with the players. Tactically, he’s very astute, and his intense sessions seem to get the best out of each individual player.”
Having notched up almost two decades as a professional footballer, Covic believes he still has a lot to offer and hopes his leadership skills will usher in a new era of talented players at the club.
“Leadership is now part of my role,” Covic added.
“I’ve been in the game for 18 years and that comes naturally and that’s what Kenny was looking at in bringing me into the team.
“I bring a lot of experience, success and I’ve got a winning mentality, and I’m very driven and I hope to get respect from the playing group and the fans of the club.
“We’ve got a number of younger players rising through the ranks and I’d like to instil some confidence and help them approach their work with a level head.”