Perth primed for FFA Cup glory

Perth midfielder Rostyn Griffiths says Glory are ready to get the new season going and will have too much quality for their FFA Cup opponents St Albans.

Perth take on the Saints at Knights Stadium on Tuesday night in the Cup ahead of next month’s A-League opener against Wellington.

Griffiths, who joined the club at the start of the year after returning from China, said a new-look Glory is raring to go.

“The preparation for pre-season has been going well,” he said.

“We’ve finally got everyone fit and in full training so Kenny should have a few good headaches come the start of the season.

“The new players have fitted in well and it’s good to see they have added a real quality and determination to our squad.

“Everyone is excited to see how far this team can go.

“The competition for places is probably as strong as it’s been at the club for some time, which has been great because everyone knows they need to perform to keep their spot.

“Playing against the A-League teams has been good because it has shown us where we are at in terms of preparation for the (season ahead).

“It’s hard to get that from playing local state league teams. There are a few more games to come so that will be good come the start of the season.”

Perth meet the Saints in Melbourne in the Cup after disposing of Newcastle 2-0 in the first round. Griffiths believes the Glory are primed for the match.

“I think we are well prepared for the Cup match and should have the quality to win even if we aren’t at 100%,” he said.

“A few of the Melbourne boys know a little more about them (St Albans) than me.

“I think the FFA Cup has been great so far and it’s good to see the locals have gone out to support each game.

“It can only get better too now everyone knows what the competition is all about and now all teams realise what it means to be part of the competition.”

Expectation is high in the west after the off-season recruitment of Mitch Nichols, Ruben Zadkovich, Andy Keogh, Richard Garcia, Youssouf Hersi, Diogo Ferriera and Dino Djulbic.

Griffiths, who made 10 appearances for the club last season and scored two goals, will be competing for a holding midfield spot in Kenny Lowe’s XI.

“By the time the first A-League game starts our team will be more than ready to hit the ground running,” the 26-year old said.

“We’ve had a mixed pre-season with a few injuries but now everyone is fully fit and learning how the manager wants to play.

“I believe by the time the first game comes around against Wellington we will be hungry and ready to put in to practice everything we have worked on so far.”