Glory out for glamour

Perth Glory utility player Naum Sekulovski says the team’s strength will be tested this week as they make the challenging trip to the sunshine state for the second time in seven days.

Perth Glory utility player Naum Sekulovski says the team-s strength will be tested this week as they make the challenging trip to the sunshine state for the second time in seven days.

Perth will go head to head with Gold Coast United this Sunday after a quick travel turnaround following their clash with North Queensland Fury last weekend.

Sekulovski says the gruelling travel schedule is demanding on the players both physically and mentally, but it-s the reality of football they have to accept.

“Obviously the travel is very tough. People underestimate just how much it takes out of the players but we have to live with it and it-s something we have to get used to.

“We do as much as we can to prepare in what little time we have between away matches,” Sekulovski said.

Perth has slipped to sixth spot on the Hyundai A-League table but a win this weekend will take them to just one point shy of the home side.

This match is crucial for Perth who is looking to assert their finals aspirations and place themselves in the best possible position come March.

“This Sunday-s game is going to be a big one for us. After two sub-standard results the team will be looking for nothing less than three points,” said Sekulovski.

The two teams have developed a spirited rivalry, helped along by Perth Glory owner Tony Sage and Gold Coast boss Clive Palmer. Inspired by the mining mogul-s business interests, the winners of this match will take home the Iron Ore Cup.

“Gold Coast is the new glamour team of the Hyundai A-League so it-ll be satisfying to beat them in their own backyard and regain the Iron Ore Cup.”