ISAKA RELISHING RETURN TO FITNESS

Midfielder Isaka Cernak is enjoying a fresh start under Interim Head Coach Kenny Lowe after playing his third straight game for the Perth Glory against Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Midfielder Isaka Cernak is enjoying a fresh start under Interim Head Coach Kenny Lowe after playing his third straight game for the Perth Glory against Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

It-s been a long road back for the 24-year-old who has had to work his way back through the youth league after undergoing hip surgery in the off-season. Cernak says is getting sharper with every game but still feels he-s best football is ahead of him.

“The off-season for me was kind of hard coming back from hip surgery so the fitness comes up every week and I definitely feel I can push harder and harder each game.”

“Now it-s just about getting consistent form on the field and I want to be scoring goals at the end of the day and that hasn-t happened yet so there-s obviously things I want to improve on and that motivates me to keep on going. So it-s positive but there-s still room for improvement.”

Cernak played 57 minutes in the 0-0 draw against the Brisbane Roar as the team extended their unbeaten streak to three games, but were left frustrated with the result after not being able to take advantage of their one-man advantage with Besert Berisha-s sending off in the 31st minute.

“At the end of the day we are still getting decent results and it-s another game without a loss so we can draw confidence on that.”

“We definitely didn-t take advantage of that (extra man). Maybe we tried to push it a little bit too much. We had a lot of time left in the game but we didn-t take advantage. We-ve got to work on that for games to come because we-ve got two hard games coming up now.”

The Glory now has an eight-day break before they travel to Pirtek Stadium to take on the Western Sydney Wanders on Australia Day. It-s another opportunity for Perth Glory to cement their place in the top half of the ladder and for Cernak to further help the team - in whatever capacity required.

“I just want to be doing what I can for the team. If that means I-m playing and giving 100% and getting 3 points. If I can be part of that, then I-m happy,” Isaka said.

“Whenever I can get on the ball I-m happy - if that-s on the wing or up front or as the number 10, I-m very happy. I do like playing there because you get the ball a lot more but wherever the coach feels I can be the best for the team than I-m happy to play there.”