Perth Glory midfielder Richard Garcia says the carrot of a home final and Asian Champions League qualification is motivating the squad ahead of a season-defining run of matches.
Glory dropped from third to fifth after their 3-3 draw with Wellington last week, but they are just a point behind Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar with five rounds remaining.
Third spot would guarantee Perth a home elimination final, and a likely Asian Champions League berth.
Perth's title aspirations will be put to the test on Saturday when they take on second-placed Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.
After that, Glory take on Sydney (home), Adelaide (away), Brisbane (home), and City (home) in a run of matches that could make or break their title hopes.
"We definitely want a home final, and Champions League spot is another ambition of the group," Garcia said on Tuesday.
"So we want that third spot, and if possible higher.
"The opportunity to play against different oppositions from different parts of the world (in the ACL) is a massive carrot."
Garcia captained Glory last season but he has been cast into the role as a spectator for almost every single game this season.
The former Socceroo notched his first minutes of the season when he came off the bench in the 77th minute against Phoenix last week.
Garcia is coping well with his demotion this season, taking over as coach of the club's Under-20s side.
The 35-year-old has also been used as senior coach Kenny Lowe's sounding board.
Garcia has ambitions to focus solely on coaching down the track but for now he's hoping to earn some more playing opportunities.
"I'm still training every day and still feel like I've got a lot to offer on the park," Garcia said.
"I know age is not on my side but you never want to stop playing.
"But if i have to take my boots off and delve into coaching, I'd enjoy that as well.
"I'm happy the club's seeing me as a long-term transition guy that's going to train, coach, and be a coach of Glory."