Perth Glory’s defensive stalwart Dino Djulbic says Tuesday’s FFA Cup clash with Newcastle Jets is a game full of unknowns with both clubs experiencing significant player turnover this off-season.
It’s been a difficult off-season for both clubs, with the Jets experiencing a change of owner and coach, while Glory were left cleaning up the mess from their salary cap scandal which led to a number of squad departures.
Among those to exit Glory were Rostyn Griffiths, Andy Keogh, Danny Vukovic, Scott Jamieson, Danny de Silva, Youssouf Hersi and Jamie Maclaren.
Meanwhile, Andrew Hoole, Edson Montano, Taylor Regan and Scott Neville were among a dozen players who left Newcastle, with Nigel Boogaard, Cameron Watson, Labinot Haliti, Jason Hoffman and Mateo Poljak leading the additions.
The two clubs faced off in the same city at the same stage in last year’s FFA Cup, with Glory progressing 2-0, but both will field vastly different sides from 12 months ago.
“We don’t know what to expect,” Djulbic told FourFourTwo.
“They had eight or nine players that they’ve replaced as well, so it’ll be really interesting.
“Everyone is still in pre-season, it’s still early, so I don’t think anyone can be judged on these games but we still want to win.
“We want to go to the next phase. Hopefully we can do the job.”
Glory, who will announce their latest European signing on Tuesday, have added a number of players too, although Ante Covic and Spanish marquee Diego Castro are yet to arrive and will miss the game.
New signing Jerrad Tyson will deputise in goal in Covic’s absence, while Ruben Zadkovich wasn’t at training on Sunday due to injury and hasn’t made the trip.
Djulbic also confirmed another new recruit, Antony Golec, would be his partner in the centre of defence ahead of Michael Thwaite.
Among the other new additions are Hungarian midfielder Gyorgy Sandor, Hagi Gligor, Alex Grant and Marc Warren.
“We all know we lost heaps of players last year but we’ve got some new signings and this game gives a few players the opportunity to show that they want to be here,” Djulbic said.
“We’ve got a few younger players on this trip too and it’s a chance to fight for their spots.”comments