Milan Smiljanic (Maccabi Netanya), Joel Chianese (free agent), Rhys Williams (Middleborough), Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic), Liam Reddy (Western Sydney), Brandon Wilson (Burnley), Nick Feely (free agent), Adam Taggart (Fulham)
Ruben Zadkovich, Gyorgy Sandor, Krisztian Vadocz, Diogo Ferrerira, Hagi Gligor, Ante Covic, Jerrad Tyson
The FFA Cup was perhaps a disappointment with a 2-0 loss to Sydney FC in the round of 16 all the way back in August. Last month the Glory smashed a combined Inglewood/Athena side 8-0 during a friendly in Victoria. Rookie strikers Jamal Reiners and Kosta Petratos nailed home three goals and two goals respectively. Mitch Oxborrow, Diego Castro and Joe Knowles kicked the other three.
Additionally, Perth have played Brisbane twice this pre-season. The first was a 2-0 victory for the Glory in the FFA Cup (round of 32), with both goals coming from Dino Djulbic as the result of a set-piece. The second was a convinced 4-0 win for Brisbane as Lowe tried a few things and gave game time to Adam Taggart and Richard Garcia, but neither could get on the scoresheet.
After a rampaging finish to last season (12 wins from final 14 games), the Glory’s season was a bit of a fizzer, bowing out to Melbourne City in the first final.
We know that Perth’s internationals are quality: Diego Castro, Andy Keogh and Nebojsa Marinkovic are all excellent players and will again be crucial to Glory’s success. Some of their local acquisitions look very important as well, namely Rhys Williams and Liam Reddy, given that Perth had some defensive issues last season.
Expectations will be high for Kenny Lowe and his side and Perth have good winnable home games to start the season.
Mariners (home), Phoenix (home), City (away), Roar (away)
Predicted Round 1 side
Risdon, R.Williams, Djulbic, Mills
Griffiths, Smiljanic, Marinkovic
Taggart, Keogh, Castro.
English recruit Joseph Mills (DEF, $150k) looks a lock to start at full back and comes at a very tempting price.
Diego Castro (MID, $320k) won the Johnny Warren Medal last season and nearly averaged ten points per match last season, an outstanding return. Yes, he’s expensive, but given he’s available in midfield and his scoring history (13 goals last season), he still seems like a pretty safe selection.
He’s had a rotten run with injury, and I predict he’ll be a great signing for the Glory, but I wouldn’t suggest picking Rhys Williams (DEF, $190k) for your fantasy side. Unlike other defenders, he doesn’t offer too much attacking-wise and isn’t exactly a ‘cheapie’.
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