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Glory's Griffiths sets sights on title

  • Glory's Griffiths sets sights on title

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 20: Chris Harold of the Glory celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 12 A-League match between Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners at nib Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Journeyman midfielder Rostyn Griffiths says the prospect of achieving long-overdue team success made his decision to rejoin Perth Glory a "no brainer".

Griffiths left Glory at the end of 2014/15 to link up with Dutch Eredivise club Roda JC.

But the 28-year-old is now back in Perth after signing a two-year A-League deal with the Glory.

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Griffiths set the A-League record as the most expensive transfer when he made a $1.3million move from Central Coast to Chinese outfit Guangzhou R&F in 2012.

Although proud of that achievement, Griffiths said team success remains his major motivation.

And he feels like he has a great chance to achieve it at Perth Glory following coach Kenny Lowe's impressive recruiting spree.

Last season's stars such as Andy Keogh, Shane Lowry, Josh Risdon, and Diego Castro have been joined by Rhys Williams, Griffiths, and Adam Taggart in a squad bursting with talent.

Some bookmakers have already installed Glory as the Championship favourites, and Griffiths hopes their predictions come true.

"I'm 28 now. I want to win something," said Griffiths, who won the minor premiership with Central Coast in 2011/12, but is yet to land a title trophy.

"Winning something, especially with my hometown club, would be great, and definitely something I want to do before I finish football.

"I was looking to stay overseas.

"But as soon as Perth made the offer to me, and I looked at the squad and the chance to win something, it was too good to turn down.

"It became a no-brainer."

Griffiths said being the A-League's record transfer wasn't something that weighed heavily on his shoulders.

"It's a record I'm pretty happy with," Griffiths said.

"It's a nice thing. It gets up on the Wikipedia page. And one day, it will get edited, and I'll be the second biggest transfer in the A-League.

"Hopefully it will be a really good player that breaks it.

"For now, I'll still keep it. I like it. The boys give me a bit of stick, but it's fun."

Griffiths will make his Glory return in Wednesday's FFA Cup clash with Brisbane Roar at Ballymore Stadium.

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