Perth Glory will head to New South Wales in their maiden FFA Cup against the Newcastle Jets and will be determined to win the game and will field their strongest possible line-up to do so.
Jason Brewer, Glory’s chief executive, told FourFourTwo Australia that the club is taking the FFA Cup very seriously.
“We would love to be the inaugural winners of the Cup,” he said.
“We had the whole club together, players and staff for the draw. We even invited the coaches and management of Stirling and Bayswater to make it a bit event. We’re very excited by the competition. We want success in the Cup.”
Perth finished eighth in the A-League last season, two points above bottom-placed Melbourne City, but have recruited strongly in off-season.
Already the club has signed Mitch Nichols, Ruben Zadkovich, Dino Djulbic, Youssouf Hersi, Andy Keogh and Diogo Ferreira.
Brewer said the Glory were happy with the draw, with the match against the Jets to be played in Newcastle.
“We would obviously have preferred a home draw, but have a great record in Newcastle and definitely are looking at having out our strongest team available,” he said.
“The whole squad is pretty much bedded down and training all together now, so looking for a tough preseason. We will definitely be putting out our strongest team for the FFA Cup. It's a competition we want to win.
“Our club needs success and it would be great to head into the A-League season for our fans knowing we are still in the FFA Cup competition and with the full A-League season ahead of us.”
Western Australian National Premier League clubs Stirling Lions and Bayswater City have both drawn A-League clubs in the Cup, with Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory to travel to Perth for the matches.
The Glory will be supporting both Stirling and Bayswayer in their Cup challenges.
“I think both Stirling and Bayswater know the task ahead of them,” Brewer said.
“Chris Coyne [a former Glory player] the coach of Bayswater will certainly be getting his team fired up for it and has plenty of experiences from his time in the UK with the FA cup. If there is anything we can do to help we most certainly will.
“The draw is great for football in WA and it would be fantastic to see one or both of them pull off an upset. It would really set the tone of the competition. I will definitely be going to both games, as I'm sure the whole team will to give them our support.”1 comment