Garcia allays Sturridge concerns

20 October 2021 19:05:28 GMTPlus10
Sturridge Glory bound

Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia insists Daniel Sturridge will be treated like any other member of his squad as the club go in search of silverware this season.

Glory have pulled off a huge coup by landing the former Liverpool and England striker for the 2021/22 A-League campaign.

One-man team

There have been suggestions the season could turn out to be all about Sturridge, but Garcia says that will not be the case at all.

The 32-year-old strike ace has already said the transfer is not about him and it is all about being part of a squad that has the same goal to push for honours.

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And Garcia also believes Sturridge will fit in perfectly.

"I don't think we're going to have that problem," Garcia told AAP when asked if they could become too Sturridge-centric.

"He's a fantastic player, but one thing that impressed me about Daniel was that it wasn't about him, it was about the team and the team success. His values align with what we want for the club and the team.

"That's something he's made very clear, and we've made clear to him, that he's part of the squad, and that we all pull in the same direction."

Case for the defence

Meanwhile Garcia admits the addition of Sturridge's former Liverpool teammate Brad Jones is also a huge signing as they look to tighten up defensively.

The goalkeeper has vast experience and his leadership from the back will be crucial.

"He brings a lot of experience, a calm head, and some great information from behind the defence," Garcia added.

"He's got plenty of experience to be able to show the group and be able to lead from the back.

"We still want to be attacking, we still want to be on the front foot. We just want to improve defensively."

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