Perth Glory defender Scott Jamieson says he’s desperate to taste title success, and says there’s no reason why the club can’t achieve that goal this season.
The bookies have all but written them off, but Perth Glory believe they can buck the odds by winning this season’s A-League title.
The Glory only narrowly avoided the wooden spoon last season in a campaign marred by infighting and a player-led revolt that resulted in the sacking of coach Alistair Edwards.
Although tensions have since eased under new coach Kenny Lowe, Perth are again tipped to struggle despite an impressive recruiting campaign that has netted proven performers Andy Keogh, Youssouf Hersi, Mitch Nichols, Richard Garcia, Ruben Zadkovich, Diogo Ferreira and Dino Djulbic.
Classy defender Scott Jamieson will also bolster the side after missing most of last season with a torn Achilles tendon, but winger Sidnei will miss the first three rounds with a calf injury.
A beefed-up Melbourne City, Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar are the early favourites for the title, but Jamieson said Perth shouldn’t be written off.
“We look at our squad on paper, and it’s as good as anyone in the league,” Jamieson said.
“We have to gel together, we have to be together as one and look to win this year.
“I’m not a firm believer in taking time. I’m 25, I don’t have a year to waste in terms of being in a transitional period. So you have to believe you (can) win it.
“I don’t want to finish my career with one grand final loss with Adelaide United. I’m at this club to win things, and that’s what it should be about.”
Jamieson was in career-best form and on track to earn a dream World Cup call-up before rupturing his Achilles tendon last November.
The speedy left back has since made a successful return during the Glory’s pre-season and FFA Cup campaigns, and coach Kenny Lowe believes Jamieson could snare a Socceroos berth in time for January’s Asian Cup in Australia.
“He’s probably one of the best players in the country in his position,” Lowe said.
The Glory open their season away to Wellington Phoenix on October 12, and for once Jamieson is looking forward to the long trek.
“I can honestly say I was never really a fan of a Wellington trip prior to this injury, but I’ll probably be the first one on the plane this time because I’m dying for it,” he said.