Lowe lauds 'flexible' Glory

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe believes his squad’s strength this season could be their flexibility.

Glory launch their A-League campaign on Saturday week away to Central Coast, having reached the FFA Cup semi-finals on Tuesday with a penalty shootout win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

Lowe has had to endure a major turnover of players in the off-season following the salary cap scandal which rocked the club last term, seeing them booted from the finals after a third place finish.

The Glory coach has brought in a number of new faces and will add two more in the next few days.

Among those new recruits are players like Antony Golec, Gyorgy Sandor, Marc Warren and marquee Diego Castro who can all play a number of roles.

“The good thing about the squad is the majority of people can play in other positions,” Lowe said.

“We saw Gyorgy play as a 6 on Tuesday but really he’s an 8, Castro can play as a 10 but he’s an 11.

“Sidnei is a winger but plays up front. We’ve got flexibility which is helpful.”

Glory put out an almost full-strength line-up against Wanderers midweek, although Ruben Zadkovich and Alex Grant face a race against time for Round One.

“Other than that mileage into the legs of Diego and Guyon (Fernandez), everyone is in a good space,” Lowe said.

“Young Granty is coming back now – he’s back in training. The only player in the group who’s not fit at the moment is Ruben.”

As for the FFA Cup, Lowe wasn’t too fussed by the possibility of denying football fans a Melbourne derby cup final.

Instead, he was amazed by the resources on offer to clubs such as semi-final opponents Melbourne City, having seen Wanderers bring an extended squad and support staff to Perth this week.

“It’s another club with massive resources, a superb squad and a good coach, a bit like Wanderers,” he said.

“We’ve got to pit ourselves against that and give that a go.”