Antony Golec (Western Sydney), Jerrad Tyson (Sun Pegasus), Alex Grant (free), Hagi Gligor (Sydney), Ante Covic (Western Sydney), Gyorgy Sandor (Videoton FC), Marc Warren (free), Diego Castro (Getafe), Guyon Fernandez (Breda)
It all started so brightly. A fresh squad playing exciting football and the Western side were getting consistent results and sitting pretty on top. Then the salary cap scandal hit and things went down the gurgler, especially after it was deemed they wouldn’t be welcome in the finals.
Kenny Lowe’s challenge will be getting his squad to believe they can do it all again, but legitimately this time. There has been a big turnover of players but there is surely enough talent to take them into the final six again.
Scoring looks to be a real deficiency in their game however, struggling for a real focal point and finding goals hard to come by this pre-season. Come on down Guyon Fernandez!
Perth win be eyeing off their second FFA Cup Final in a row after successfully making it all the way to semis, which included a penalty shootout win over WSW.
They haven’t lost at all this pre-season, although only two of their matches have been against A-League sides: it was 2-2 after full time against the Jets and 1-1 against the Wanderers. Just ten goals from the six games means scoring has been a problem, and no surprises that Nebojsa Marinkovic leads the scoring with three.
Expected Round 1 Line-Up
You should consider…
Antony Golec (DEF, $150k) looks like a certain starter after moving across from the Wanderers and some solid FFA Cup displays. If Perth’s defence is tight like early last year he’ll be a valuable pick.
Pacey left-winger Diego Castro (MID, $225k) is certainly one to consider and will be vital to the Glory’s push this season. As identified earlier, his goal against Real Madrid earlier in the year showed he has the ability to get past the best.
You should avoid…
It seems as if the experienced Hungarian Gyorgy Sandor (MID, $225k) might be deployed in a more defensive / holding role, which could well limit his fantasy output. Even so, in his six years at Videoton he only scored 16 times.