Dust storms delay Perth

Perth Glory’s preparations for their Friday night clash against Newcastle have hit a speed bump with the club grounded in Brisbane as flights into NSW are cancelled because of the dust storm.

Perth Glory-s preparations for their Friday night clash against Newcastle have hit a speed bump with the club grounded in Brisbane as flights into NSW are cancelled because of the dust storm.

Glory players remained in Queensland following their 4-2 victory against the Roar last Sunday and were due to fly direct to Newcastle this afternoon but will instead spend another night in Brisbane.

While Perth will miss their familiarisation session at EnergyAustralia Stadium tomorrow Coach Dave Mitchell isn-t concerned the delay will have any detrimental effects on their ability to secure three points against the Jets.

“Logistically we-ve had to change a few things around but we-ve worked through those things now and will still be able to train on Thursday afternoon albeit at a different location,” Mitchell said.

“It hasn-t been too much of a disruption. I-m sure there are plenty of others that have been put out more than us. I guess it is more annoying than anything.”

The team completed a solid session in Brisbane this morning and Mitchell was temped to add another training run in the afternoon however the dust storm has also affected the Queensland capital.

“We didn-t want to be out training in those conditions,” said Mitchell.

“We were able to get plenty of work done this morning and it was a tough session for the lads. We-ll have another chance to go through things tomorrow afternoon and that will round out our preparations well.

“The time away has been a good bonding experience. We weren-t able to get away together during pre-season with a lot of the boys arriving late on. We-ve made the most of the time we-ve had together this week and I think that will benefit us on and off the park.”