William Gallas says he is feeling fit and ready to go but is still unsure as anyone if he will start or come off the bench in this week’s match against Adelaide United at nib Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Gallas arrived in Australia four days ago and has trained with his new teammates for the past two days as he adjusts to his new football adventure with Perth Glory.
The player capped 84 times for France says he is happy with his first two sessions as he continues to build up fitness for his Glory debut, but is still yet to confirm with Head Coach Alistair Edwards in what capacity he will be used.
“Every day he asks me how I feel and I’m very honest with him, I said I’m getting better, but training is not the game, you have to play for 90 minutes and I just spoke with the young players and they told me that 90 minutes is very long and you have to be ready because the ball can go from one goal to the other goal and you have to be ready to run,” Gallas said.
“Today was a good test, it was not easy and I am a little tired from my second session but I was very happy because today we played 24 minutes and I could finish the session so now I’m looking forward to being ready for Saturday.”
Gallas says playing with a new club is always bound to have its teething problems as he slowly gets to know his new team mates. The 36-year-old defender says he has been studying his fellow players’ names on the internet at night with the aim of introducing himself the next day although he has already made it a priority to learn all the defenders names.
“Every night I go on the website and I look at all the players and I try to come in the morning and try to say hello, so today was not too bad.”
“It is difficult because there are 24 players and I have to know all their names. I already know the name of my defense line so that is very important and I think everyone is happy.”
The former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham player realizes part of his responsibility in the back line is to communicate on the pitch. Gallas says he was happy to sit back and listen during the first training session but was more vocal in the second session and was confident he would be able to offer effective leadership on Saturday – particularly in partnership with goalkeeper Danny Vukovic.
“The first day I didn’t speak a lot, I just listened to what the manager for what to do and today because it was a small game, I should speak, so I spoke a lot to my team-mates and they spoke to me.”
“We still have two days before the game and the manager is a guy who wants to be perfect so on Friday (Glory’s final training session) I think everything will be okay for the game.”
“Yeah he (Vukovic) speaks a lot on the pitch, the first training he was talking a lot and that is good for the players. It is very important that someone can talk and I think for the goalkeeper it is good because that means that he has that confidence and everyone out there is very secure with him,” he added.
With temperatures now expected to be a more moderate 30 degrees on Saturday afternoon, Perth Glory are expecting a bumper crowd to watch William Gallas make his Hyundai A-League debut.