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Thwaite vents frustration with Glory
Michael Thwaite. Picture: John Mokrzycki/WA News

Perth Glory defender Michael Thwaite launched an extraordinary attack on the club today, claiming it has lacked direction and leadership this season.

Glory hit rock bottom with a 1-0 loss to previous cellar dwellers Wellington Phoenix last week and have won just twice in the past 14 matches.

Despite saying he was happy to be at Glory, Thwaite was clearly upset by the direction the club was taking.

"I would like to see a little bit more direction with all these rumours about the coach (Ian Ferguson) and the players leaving," Thwaite said.

"I'd like to see a long-term passage for Perth Glory because they've been so successful in the past."

Billy Mehmet, Jesse Makarounas and Bas van den Brink were allowed to leave the club last month without a transfer fee, despite being under contract.

"I would keep all three of them … I wouldn't let them go," Thwaite said.

"Obviously they want to get a lot of game time and I've been in similar positions over in Europe and I did the same. I left clubs as well.

"But in terms of what we need I think we could've used all three of them."

Several key players are coming out of contract but the club will not renew any deals until after the end of the season.

"I disagree with that (policy)," Thwaite said.

"I think it should've been done earlier. It makes the players relax a lot more.

"You don't need to sign them on long-term deals like other clubs have done, but it just gives security and I think performance comes with that."

Despite their horror run, Glory are just two points out of the top six and remain a realistic chance of playing in the finals for a second successive season.

But to do so they would have to turn around their form soon, with eight games left in the regular season.

Marquee striker Shane Smeltz trained strongly this morning after missing a fortnight with a groin injury, but captain Jacob Burns and defender Scott Jamieson were on light duties.