Armadale are sweating on the availability of prized recruit Andy Todd for their opening game of the Football West State League season against Balcatta at Alfred Skeet Reserve today.
Former Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Perth Glory defender Todd signed for Armadale earlier this week and will add plenty to the Reds' defence.
The 38-year-old played more than 400 games in a 19-year professional career and was an interested onlooker at Glory's training sessions this week.
Armadale coach Lee Bamber was thrilled to have Todd on board, but was still waiting to see if Glory's 2009-10 player of the year would be cleared for the opening day of the season.
"He's signed and if he's cleared, he'll play this weekend," Bamber said.
Todd is likely to take up a coaching role at Armadale.
"It's a huge coup to get Andy on board, not just as a player but also for the experience he can bring to the club," Bamber said.
"We'll be talking to him over the next few weeks about other things he can do in regards to coaching and our juniors."
Elsewhere, traditional rivals Perth and Bayswater City clash in the match of the week at Dorrien Gardens tomorrow.
Tension has been building between the clubs during the off-season ahead of their first meeting since Bayswater's league-winning coach Mauro Marchione moved to Perth.
Marchione's young squad performed admirably in the Night Series to take third place, while former Socceroo and new Bayswater coach Chris Coyne led his team to pre-season glory when they claimed the title with a 2-1 win over Cockburn City.Meanwhile, former Perth youngster Connor Thurston, 17, has signed for English Championship club Blackpool.
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