Australian Football: Skipper says Glory are ready
Perth Glory captain Brandon O'Neill says they are raring to go and a lack of pre-season competition will not affect them when they face Adelaide United at a packed HBF Park on Saturday night.
Glory are priced at 15.00 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final but they go into the new season as something of an unknown quantity.
Glory ready to go
O'Neill is one of a number of new arrivals to be brought in during the off-season and due to border restrictions they have yet to come up against A-League opposition.
They have warmed up for the season with games against State League sides but O'Neill says that is not a concern and they are fired up for the Reds clash.
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As things stand Glory will not play at home again until 15th January and a packed stadium should also help the players to raise their game.
"Like a good horse we'll be going into the season first-up," O'Neill told reporters ahead of the game. "Sometimes that's a quite an advantage.
"Teams look at you as a bit of an unknown but we're quietly confident we've prepared as best as we can.
"The borders have made things difficult for us in terms of pre-season games but that's something we can't worry about. We focus on round one. The boys are ready."
Meanwhile O'Neill believes Richard Garcia has assembled a strong squad, one that is capable of coping with a horror run of nine away games on the spin.
"That's why we've assembled a very good squad," O'Neill added. "A starting 11 doesn't win you championships. A squad does.
"We've built a very, very good squad that's on a journey to winning a championship. It's something I want to be a part of."