Former Blackburn Rovers and Young Socceroos star Jamie Maclaren is ready to fire Perth to glory in the upcoming A-League season which kicks off this weekend.
With marquee player Shane Smeltz to miss the first month due to continuing recovery from his off season hip surgery, this gives Maclaren the perfect opportunity to really make a name for himself in the A-League and with the Glory faithful.
The Melbourne born player who signed for Blackburn at just the tender age of 15, returns 5 years later a more mature and versatile player – able to play out wide, as a number 9 or as a number 10.
“Its been a while since I have been known as an established number 9 but I’m loving it there at the moment” said Maclaren who signed a 3 year contract with Glory. “I’m getting a lot of joy and scoring goals which is the main contribution a striker can give to his team”
After knocking back numerous offers from other A-League clubs, including from his home town Melbourne, Jamie Maclaren chose the team from the West.
“I would easily say that Alistair Edwards played a vital part in my decision to sign with Perth. I knew what his ambitions are and what he wants to do with the club and he offered me a chance to play in the A-League.”
“I did have other A-League offers but as soon as I heard Alistair and Perth are interested it was a no brainer for myself!”
Maclaren starred in Glory’s pre season campaign, with a total of five goals in the last four games – two just recently in their thumping 3-0 win over Sydney FC. Judging by his fine preseason form, it seems he has settled in perfectly to life in the west.
“Really well, probably one of the best pre-seasons I’ve ever had most definately, the boys are top we have one of the best dressing rooms around and everyone gets along really well”
“The way Ali wants us to play is what every good footballer wants, a philosophy based around having effective possession to break down teams and create lots of chances”
Perth Glory will play their first game of the 2013/2014 season this Sunday away against Adelaide United.