Perth Glory Head Coach Kenny Lowe is excited ahead of tomorrow night's Westfield FFA Cup clash against Newcastle Jets.
Glory enter the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 following an impressive run to the cup final in 2014, including victories over Newcastle Jets, St. Albans Saints, Melbourne Victory and Bentleigh Greens. Lowe insisted the team has what it takes to repeat the feat, and replicate another dominant Hyundai A-League season.
"Why can’t we do what we did last year? I don’t know. We’re still here believing," Lowe said.
" Maybe at the end of the season we’ll look back and reflect but at the moment we’re quite focused on what we need to do.
"(It was the) most amount of points Perth Glory ever got, most amount of goals Perth Glory ever got, most amount of away wins Perth Glory ever got in their history in the A-League. It’s the best season they’ve ever had so that’s the thing you want to aspire to," said Lowe.
Lowe also praised the playing group, being particularly pleased with the opportunity for new goalkeeper, Jerrad Tyson.
"They’ve been great, the vibe in the club has been really good," said Lowe. "It’s been enjoyable, but I just think everyone is looking forward to the first competitive game."
He (Jerrad) is an international at every level, he’s been at a big club with the Wanderers when they initially started, so he brings a lot of qualities."
"He’s played abroad now so it’s a great opportunity for him. If he does well, he stays in. We want competition; and there’ll be competition between our two keepers this year."
Lowe also dropped a hint about a new signing, whom he described as a "quality centre-forward."
"We’ve got someone whose coming, I guess that will be announced in due course," Lowe said. "We’ve got the Spanish boy (ex-La Liga star Diego Castro) too who has been announced, so we’ll be the same as last year.
"We’ll have a quality centre forward who’ll hopefully score goals for us.
"We’ve got the foreign boys to arrive when they come and we’ve got Covic to come. I think those boys will be in on the 1st of September. They’ll be focused on getting ready for the (Hyundai) A-League season."
Lowe also spoke about the hunger in the squad, and the winning mentality the head coach has engrained in the squad.
"In training we have a winner and a loser, it doesn't matter what game it is," said Lowe. "People put the gear away if they lose, there’s a penance on everything at our club.
"This is no different, we want to go all the way.
"Again, whether we do or we don’t, I haven’t got a clue, we’ll find out Tuesday night."
"But hey, it’s a cup game, it’s party time!
"Game on. Let’s have some fun."
Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory kicks off on Tuesday, August 11, at 6:30pm AWST at Magic Park in Broadmeadow, NSW. To watch the game, tune into Foxtel on Demand, details here: http://bit.ly/1IiQwDJ
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