Sydney, Glory to road test new signings

A-League sides Sydney FC and Perth Glory will get their first taste of pre-season action on Wednesday as they prepare for an assault on the 2015-16 A-League title.

Perth will face off against Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park, Spearwood, in a game with special significance for the Glory team.

The match will mark the passing of Esad Djulbic, the father of defender Dino Djulbic, who lost his battle with cancer at the weekend. 

While the centre-back won't take part in the game, his teammates will wear black armbands as a tribute to Esad.

A minute silence will be held before kick-off which is scheduled at 6.30pm (AWST).

"We're all pretty gutted to be truthful,” skipper Michael Thwaite said. “Dino and I are pretty close on and off the field and we are just so numb right now.

"I know he'll be taking this pretty hard, he was very close to his dad...they had a special bond."

It was his father's cancer battle that forced Djulbic to return to Perth from the United Arab Emirates last year so he could be closer to his mentor.

Both, Dino and Esad campaigned strongly about melanoma awareness and took out time to share their story on Channel 7's Today Tonight earlier this year.

After an exodus of players in the off-season this will be an opportunity for new signings Antony Golec, Hagi Gligor, Jerrad Tyson, Alex Grant and Gyuri Sandor to make their mark.

Meanwhile the Sky Blues will take on Earlwood Wanderers FC XI for the first time in the inaugural Johnny Warren Community Challenge at Leichhardt Oval from 7:30pm.

New signings including Andrew Hoole, Brandon O’Neill, Riley Woodcock and Zac Anderson will available for selection with Sydney coached by Steve Corica in the absence of Graham Arnold.

The match will consist of two 35-minute halves and will support the Johnny Warren Foundation.