Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic says Perth Glory will adopt a possession-based game plan in their first full season under coach Alistair Edwards.
Edwards took over in an interim capacity when former boss Ian Ferguson was sacked late last season and was then given a three-year contract to step into the coaching role full-time.
The former Australia international striker has been working hard to implement a new style of play with the aim of leading Glory into another finals campaign after guiding the club to an elimination final last season.
“I think you’ll find that we’re a lot more of a passing team now,” Vukovic said last night on Sport FM’s Beyond Extra Time.
“Alistair came in and he would’ve liked to have changed it straight away, but it’s quite hard coming in halfway through a season and changing the way a team plays.
“We’ve got the luxury now of having a full pre-season with him and I think you’ll see us value ball possession a lot more.
“We’re definitely going to work hard in defence as well. When we lose the ball, the key for us is to try to regain possession quickly.
“If we can do that in areas further up the field it will mean we’ve got our front three or four, who are very attacking-minded players, to do some damage against opposing teams.
“I think the passing game is going to stand out from previous seasons.”
Glory continued their build-up to the A-League season with a crushing 7-0 win over State League side Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park yesterday.
Ljubo Milicevic, Japanese flyer Ryo Nagai, Brazilian winger Sidnei Sciola Moraes and youngster Harry O’Brien were all on the score sheet in the one-sided friendly match.
Milicevic entrenched himself as a fan favourite during his first stint at Glory in the old National Soccer League and made headlines when he signed a one-year deal to return to the A-League club last week.
The 32-year-old has already had an impact on his new teammates.
“He’s only been with us for just over a week now but I think it’s plain to see his leadership on the field is going to be invaluable to us this season,” Vukovic said.
“We’ve got a very young squad. We’ve probably gone from the oldest average age to the youngest, but he’s certainly a player that brings that experience that will help those young players.”Glory’s season begins away to Adelaide United on October 13 in a match that was moved to the South Australian capital because the nib Stadium pitch will not be ready.