Perth Glory FC defender Dino Djulbic has vowed to thousands of Perth Glory members and fans this Sunday will mark a new beginning for the club.
The team hosts New Zealand rivals Wellington Phoenix in the first home game for the 2015/16 season in what will also be Round One of the new and exciting ‘Long Distance Derby Cup’. Both clubs have collaborated to launch the cup concept in a bid to celebrate the longest road trip (5255km) in top flight world football.
Both teams head into this weekend’s clash winless after their opening matches but Djulbic said this Sunday was an opportunity to press the reset button and give the Glory faithful a reason to celebrate.
“I think the boys are alright and everyone has the confidence in each other. We have three games at home now. Wellington is the first one and then the (FFA semi-final) cup game and we want to go in the finals, and then Adelaide at home, so we want to make our fans proud and achieve the most points that we can”.
It’s expected to be a gruelling schedule for the Glory boys as they face three games in seven days including the Westfield FFA Cup Semi-Final against Melbourne City. But Djulbic said he was looking forward to all three matches and wasn’t bothered by the tight turn around.
“Bring it on, love it. I could play every second if it was up to me. We only had three or four pre-season matches so it wasn’t much but that’s the way we wanted to prepare to give the other guys at training a chance to gel together but like I said I’ll play every second”.
The towering defender said while there had been changes in the line-up during the off-season he was confident the backline remained strong and formidable.
“Michael (Thwaite) and I are a good partnership and I have a good partnership with Rizzo (Josh Risdon), and (Antony) Golec is coming in and he’s got experience, he won the (Asian) Champions League with Western Sydney so It’s good” he said.
The match against the Phoenix kicks-off at 4pm.
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