Scott Jamieson has opened up about his departure from Perth and the impact the salary cap scandal has had on the Glory’s squad.
Jamieson’s release from Perth was officially confirmed on Thursday afternoon, with the defender’s contract with the club terminated by mutual agreement.
Goalkeepers Danny Vukovic and Jack Duncan, along with attacker Youssouf Hersi, have also left the Glory in the past fortnight.
Former Western Sydney defender Antony Golec has been signed on a two-year deal.
“Obviously it’s been well documented that the salary cap kind of brought down the whole club,” Jamieson told FourFourTwo.
“It happened after the season that every player was told you were in a position you could leave up until May 30. From my position I think, like every player in the current roster, was weighing up what to do.
“Everyone’s been upset with the whole dealings and this and that. I went away on my holidays, I was thinking about things, and I got a phone call from Perth Glory saying they were giving me permission to talk to other clubs.
“That’s where it went from. Over the past month that what’s been happening. I spoke to different people and came to the decision where, from Perth's side, they were happy for me to leave so I took it that it was time to leave.
“That’s football, it happens. I signed a new contract four months ago in view of staying in Perth for a long time. But this whole thing has happened and over the last month other things have came on top of the salary cap and it was time for me to leave."
Jamieson had joined the Glory in 2012 after two seasons with Sydney FC.
The 26-year old left-back played every game bar one for Perth during the 2014-2015 campaign.
“We had a good season as a back four,” he said.
“We were really good. We had a great relationship and we were viewed from the outside as a strong defence. That was very pleasing. On myself, look, I was solid without being spectacular.
“I guess coming back after a ruptured Achilles, it probably took me a bit longer to get going at the start of the season. I would have loved the opportunity to play finals football but it wasn’t the case either.”
Jamieson describes the moment when the Glory squad was told of the club’s guilt over breaching the cap as “surreal”.
“There were so many different rumours that we’d been told or we’d heard leading up to the Friday lunchtime when we got called into a meeting,” he said.
“People would say we’ve heard this was happening, we’ve heard that was happening, but it wasn’t until the meeting was called and we sat in the meeting and we were told we’d been found guilty of breaching the salary cap and we weren’t playing finals football.
“It was probably one of the most surreal moments of my football career knowing that this was a massive scandal and knowing that I was part of it because the club I was with had acted wrong in breaching the salary cap.
“It was something that most people wouldn’t have to endure in their sporting career.
“Having worked so hard in the pre-season and during the season to get to a position where we were challenging for the Premier’s Plate and for having the rug taken from underneath you, it is sad and disappointing.
“But it’s also very sad and disappointing for the great fans the Glory have.
“I can truly say that, there was about 7,000 or 8,000 that turned up on that Friday night against Sydney FC, it was one of the proudest moments I’ve had in that this club’s gone through so much hurt and devastation and they’re still paying their money to turn up.
“That says a lot about the Perth Glory fans.”
Jamieson, who made 56 A-League appearances in three years with Glory, has no regrets about his time in Perth.
“I’ve had a very enjoyable time playing with the players there,” he said.
“It truly is a club that has so much potential in it. It’s a one-team town in regards to football and just the hunger you see from people in the streets, there is a real hunger out there that they want success and they want things run properly. I hope the fans do get the success they deserve.
“I do wish the club and the all the players there all the success in the future. There’s some good people at the club that deserve a lot more than they’ve got and I hope they do get it.
“But there’s no denying that there’s been a few of us who’ve parted way with the club. Whoever they bring in has to try and replicate what we’ve done this season. I’m sure they’ll move on. No player is bigger than the club and they’ll find new players and try and get success again.”
The full-back, who hails from western Sydney and was a junior with Blacktown City, has been linked with a move to the Wanderers.
But Jamieson, who has also played in the UK before with Bolton Wanderers, declined to comment on his next destination.
“I’m 26 now and I never say never on anything,” he said.
“In regards to overseas, that’s always been around. I know I’m good enough but I have to sum up everything and it’s about timing. I want to learn, I want to become a better player and that’s also an important thing in regards to my decision.
“Hopefully in regards to my future that will definitely happen. I would like to think I will have my future decided in the next 48 to 72 hours.
“In saying that, unless you sign something … I’m just being patient and trying to find the right place me to get tested every day. I want to push on and go to the next level.
“I want to reach my potential and I don’t think I’ve done that yet.”comments