While Perth has made it through to the round of 16 in the FFA Cup and last season’s nightmares are seemingly behind us, all might not be as rosy at the Glory as we are lead to believe.
Following the Glory’s mass exodus of players acfter the salary cap scandal, Kenny Lowe has worked furiously to rebuild a tattered squad. In the Glory’s match against the Newcastle Jets in the round of 32, seven players made their first team debuts for the club.
The team’s ability to gel together in such a short space of time seems promising for Glory fans. Impressive performances from both Jerrad Tyson and Gyorgy Sandor did nothing but boost Perth’s expectations for the coming season with marquee signings Diego Castro and Guyon Fernandez still yet to meet up with the team.
While all these signs seem positive for the boys from the west, we must also take a look at their opponents, the A-League cellar dwellers for the 2014-2015 season. The Jets almost had as bad a start to 2015 as the Glory, with club owner Nathan Tinkler and head coach Phil Stubbins leaving the club.
The Jets have fought hard to rebuild their squad, much like the Glory. The two teams were closely matched with penalties needed to separate the two squads. This just shows that things may not be as peachy in Perth as they first appear. Over the coming weeks it will become clearer as their squad begins to have some time together and face a vast variety of opposition.