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Gao sets his sights on glory

Chinese midfielder Leilei Gao has paid his own way to Perth to trial with Glory.

Gao who left Wellington Phoenix mid November is wanting a new contract and Mitchell has agreed to take a closer look at him.

“Leilei wanted to come here to train with us and paid his own way over,” said Mitchell. “If someone is committed enough to do that then I’m happy to have a closer look in our training environment.

“He is a quality player and I have been impressed with what I’ve seen when we’ve played against him.”

“We are actively looking at our options for next season and to be able to see a player first hand and have them train with the squad is definitely the best way to determine how they would fit into our system.

“Leilei trained well today and I look forward to seeing what else he can offer throughout the week.”

Round 13: Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners

 Perth Glory VS Central Coast Mariners

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Rukavytsya made Glory U-23 marquee

Perth Glory striker Nikita Rukavytsya has been confirmed as the club’s Under-23 marquee player for the 2008/09 A-League season.

The 21 year old recently signed a contract extension that locks him to Perth until the end of the 2009/10 season, however he is attracting attention from clubs in Australia and abroad.

“Nikita is a very exciting young prospect and has a bright future in the game,” said Glory Coach Dave Mitchell.

“He’s level headed and desperate to continue to improve himself as a player and is adding to his game all the time.

“Nikita is not only scoring goals but also contributing to the team when he doesn’t have the ball. He works hard to apply pressure on defenders and is setting up his team mates in good positions for us to attack,” said Mitchell.

The Football Federation Australia Under-23 marquee system was introduced this season to encourage the country’s rising stars to remain in the A-League.

Each club has the option of placing an Under-23 player outside their salary cap to a maximum of $150,000.

“It’s important to keep these players in Australia as they’re developing. We have a quality league and it is a terrific grounding for any player with aspirations of playing at the highest levels in Europe.

“It can be very difficult if they try to make their way over there at a young age because there is a lot of competition and they may not end up playing many games which can be detrimental to their long term development.

“I think the system could be expanded to incorporate two Under 23 players at each club because we have so many quality kids coming through the system and I can only see benefits for the A-League and Australian football,” Mitchell said.

Card change for Coyne after Match Review

Perth Glory Captain Jamie Coyne is eligible to play in the club’s next match after successfully challenging the red card issued to him during the second half of Sunday’s draw against Newcastle.

Coyne was given a red card for serious foul play, an offence which carries a two match ban, however footage of the incident clearly showed the defender made contact with the ball.

Perth Glory made an application for an Obvious Error for consideration by the independent Match Review Panel, which upheld the application deciding that no red card or yellow card was warranted.

Coyne can now play in Perth’s next match against Queensland and the red card has been expunged from his record.

Two more years for Mitchell

Perth Glory has extended Dave Mitchell’s term as Head Coach until the end of the 2010/11 A-League season.

Mitchell took control midway through last season and hopes he can help the club recapture its glory days.

Perth co-Chairman Tony Sage said the reappointment will bring stability and provide a solid base for a new and successful era.

“Dave has the vision and coaching nous to take Perth Glory back to the top of Australian football and we have enormous faith in his ability to achieve our lofty goals,” Mr Sage said.

“A key element that has been missing at our club since the establishment of the Hyundai A-League has been stability.

“Dave’s appointment for the next two seasons, coupled with our long term commitment as owners, ensures that Perth Glory now has the right mix to provide sustained success on and off the pitch,” said Mr Sage.

A-League Round 11 squads

 All the squad information for Round 11 of the A-League

 Sydney FC VS Wellington Phoenix

Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix
Friday November 7
Local kick off 8pm AEDT
Sydney Football Stadium
Referee. Craig Zetter

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Iain FYFE, 5.Mitchell PRENTICE, 6. Tony POPOVIC (c), 8.Stuart MUSIALIK, 10.Steve CORICA, 12.Shannon COLE, 14.Alex BROSQUE, 15.Terry MCFLYNN, 18.Adam CASEY, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 23. John ALOISI, 28. Bobby PETTA, 29.Beau BUSCH, 31.Anthony GOLEC.
*One to be omitted.

In. Clint BOLTON (return injury), Iain FYFE (return suspension), Tony POPOVIC (return injury).
Out. Adam BIDDLE (unselected), John FILAN (unselected).
Unavailable. Simon COLOSIMO (groin – 4 weeks), Mike ENFIELD (knee – indefinite), Rob MIDDLEBY (calf 1 week), Jacob TIMPANO (ankle 2 weeks), Nik TSATTALIOS (international duty), Brendon SANTALAB (shoulder 6 weeks).

Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1.Mark PASTON (gk), 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Vaughan COVENY, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 23. Costa BARBAROUSES, 25. Manny MUSCAT.

In. 13. Troy HEARFIELD (promoted), 25. Manny MUSCAT (promoted).
Out. 21. Leilei GAO (calf 1 week), 22. Andrew DURANTE (hamstring).
Unavailable. 17. Vince LIA (knee season).

Queensland Roar VS Melbourne Victory

Queensland Roar vs Melbourne Victory
Saturday November 8
Local kick off 7pm (8pm AEDT )
Suncorp Stadium
Referee. Peter OLeary

Queensland Roar Squad: Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Andrew PACKER, 4.Craig MOORE, 5. Josh McCLOUGHAN, 6. David DODD, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 13. Chris GROSSMAN, 14. Ben GRIFFIN, 15. Matt McKAY, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20. Griffin McMASTER (gk), 23. Tim SMITS, 24. Matt MUNDY , 25. Adam SAROTA.
*two to be omitted.

In. 13. Chris GROSSMAN (promoted), 14. Ben GRIFFIN (promoted).
Out. Nil
Unavailable. 3. Luke DEVERE (international duty), 9. REINALDO (injured), 12. Tahj MINNIECON (international duty), 14. Ben GRIFFIN (injured), 16. Hyuk-Su SEO (injured), 17. Mitch NICHOLS (international duty), 19. Isaka CERNAK (international duty), 21. Tommy OAR (international duty), 22. Robbie KRUSE (injured).

Melbourne Victory Squad: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.NEY FABIANO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ, 18.Leigh BROXHAM, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22.Nick WARD.

In. Archie THOMPSON (return from suspension), NEY FABIANO (return from suspension).
Out. Evan BERGER (hamstring 3 weeks), Mathew THEODORE (omitted).
Unavailable. Carlos HERANDEZ (quad 2 weeks), Nathan ELASI (international duty 2 weeks), Sebastian RYALL (international duty 2 weeks).

Perth Glory VS Newcastle United Jets

Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets
Sunday November 9
Local kick off 5pm (7pm AEDT)
Members Equity Stadium
Referee. Matthew Breeze

Perth Glory Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 10.AMARAL, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.James DOWNEY, 18.Hayden FOXE, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 22.Wayne SRHOJ.
* one to be omitted.

In. 11.Scott BULLOCH (promoted), 18.Hayden FOXE (return from injury).
Out. 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle 2 weeks).
Unavailable. Josip MAGDIC (ankle season), James ROBINSON (abdomen 6 weeks), David TARKA (quad 2 weeks).

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (c), 6. Jesper HAKANSSON, 7. Kaz PATAFTA, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam DAPUZZO, 14. Shaun ONTONG, 17. Antun KOVACIC, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 25. Daniel PIORKOWSKI, 26. Mark MILLIGAN.
*one to be omitted.

In. 14. Shaun Ontong (returns from injury), 17. Antun Kovacic (promoted).
Out. 23. Edmundo Zura (contract mutually terminated).
Unavailable. 5. James Holland (Qantas Young Socceroos duties), 15. Jason Hoffman (knee season), 16. Ben Kantarovski (Qantas Young Socceroos duties), 18. Noel Spencer (ankle indefinite),19. Jason Naidovski (Qantas Young Socceroos duties).

Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United
Sunday November 15
Local kick off 7.30pm AEDT
Bluetongue Stadium
Referee. Matthew Breeze

Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United squad lists to be announced next week.

Glory players committed to the cause

Perth Glory players have pledged their commitment to the club at a crisis meeting on Friday.

Coach David Mitchell had given his squad an ultimatum following Perth’s 4-0 loss to Melbourne to either leave the club or stay and fight for the shirt.

Glory co-owner Tony Sage emerged from the meeting on Friday morning confident the players are focused on turning the club’s season around.

“We asked for their 100% commitment and that is what we received,” Mr Sage said.

“I have been given an undertaking from each player that anyone who pulls on the Glory shirt will give their all for the club. As an owner, and also as a passionate supporter of the club, I can’t ask for anything more.”

A leadership group will be formed to assist Captain Jamie Coyne, with experienced striker Eugene Dadi and long time Glory star Jamie Harnwell to join Coyne as part of a leadership panel.

Glory to hold crisis meeting

Perth Glory players have been told they can leave now or stay and fight and a crisis meeting will be held tomorrow to hear their decisions.

Following the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Melbourne, Glory coach David Mitchell gave his players the ultimatum.

Co-owner Tony Sage and CEO Scott Gooch will attend a crisis meeting tomorrow, when each player will reveal their decision.

Shroj bound for Glory

Perth Glory has now filled its 2008/09 squad with the signing of midfielder Wayne Srhoj on a one year deal.

Shroj spent a year in Western Australia playing for the Glory in their NSL Championship winning season of 2003/04, and hopes that he can help Perth revisit their glory days.

“When I was last here Perth Glory was the standout team in Australian football and I see no reason why they cant be again,” Srhoj said.

“Im happy to be back and looking forward to getting onto the pitch in the near future.”

Srhoj has spent the past five years in Romania playing for National Bucharest and Politchnica Timisoara, but has been training with Perth for the past fortnight.

“Im feeling fitter and fitter with every session and Ill continue to work overtime to show the coach Im ready to go, said Srhoj.

Perth Glory now has the maximum 23 contracted players allowed under A-League regulations, although the club still has the option to bring in a guest player.

Sydney FC hammer Perth Glory 5-2



SYDNEY FC have joined Adelaide and Melbourne at the top of the table by taking apart a 10-man Perth Glory 5-2 at the Sydney Football Stadium.

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