Professional Footballers Australia has slammed Perth Glory owner Tony Sage for standing down his players, saying it’s an unlawful action that will have legal consequences.
With the season postponed, here’s a review of Perth Glory’s 2019-20 season.
Glory failed to recapture the same form as last season. They found themselves at the bottom of the table after Round 8, though since then they’ve strung some good games together and played solid attacking football. Despite their poor start, they’re in finals contention, sitting fifth on the table before the season was suspended.
Season highlight: 6-2 win against Newcastle Jets, Round 11
The catalyst to their season turnaround, the Glory fully capitalised at home against a struggling Newcastle Jets side. Scoring three goals in each of the halves, it was the first glimpse of the form Glory showed last season.
Season low: 2-1 loss against Central Coast Mariners, Round 4
An early sign to show that the Glory were off the pace was their Round 4 loss to the Mariners at home. It was Central Coast’s second away win in their past 15 attempts as well as one of the biggest upset losses in the competition’s history.
End of season bonus: Christopher Ikonomidis
If the Perth Glory were giving out wage bonuses, Ikonomidis would be an ideal candidate for a raise. He’s been a solid contributor for the Glory despite making only 12 appearances, scoring three goals while rotating as a winger and attacking midfielder. The only blight on his season was that it ended prematurely with a knee injury.
Season score: 5/10
Being a grand finalist and premiers of the league last season, there was an expectation the Glory would be able to back it up this season. Though they currently sit in the top six and have lost the second-fewest games of any side this season, this hasn’t been the case, and more was expected of them this year.