Bite-sized news for you to chew over - McGarry hails Glory belief, Grella weighs up his future and much more
Attacking midfielder Steven McGarry says Perth Glory have "major belief' in their ability to defeat the Brisbane Roar in Sunday's grand final. The Glory won passage to the decider after edging Premiers' Plate winners Central Coast on penalties on Saturday, and Scot McGarry says his side has nothing to fear against the reigning champions. "We go over [to Brisbane] now with major belief... We're not going over there just to be part of what they're calling 'Orange Sunday', we're going to make it, hopefully, a 'Purple Sunday'," he said. "They're not unbeatable and the way we're playing now we think we can go over there and clinch the win... if we go up there and play to our game plan we can definitely do it."
Meanwhile, Brisbane captain Matt Smith believes Tuesday's AFC Champions League clash against Ulsan Hyundai will help his side build momentum ahead of Sunday's grand final. With the chance to win back-to-back A-League Championships, the Roar could easily be excused for showing caution or resting players in their Group F with K-League outfit Ulsan. That is not how the Smith sees it, however. "At the moment we're not focusing too much on the grand final on Sunday, it's all about trying to get three points against Ulsan at Suncorp tomorrow night," Smith said. "We've been preparing for this moment for quite a long time and I'm pleased we do have a game, because otherwise we'd be getting smashed [at training]."
Blackburn Rovers midfielder Vince Grella is considering taking his career to Asia, and has not given up on representing his country again. Former Socceroos stalwart Grella has been dogged by injuries since leaving Serie A club Torino in 2008 for the English Premier League, and is out of contract at Rovers at the end of the 2011-12 season. "I see Asia or the Middle East as good options for Vinnie," Grella's representative Anthony Crea told The World Game. "There has been some interest from a few parties and we'll see where it leads. He needs a fresh start and needs to go somewhere and enjoy his football again. He's still very passionate about the game. He's just returned to fitness in the past few weeks and still feels he has a lot to offer at both club level and also for his country."
Melbourne Heart youngster Curtis Good has joined English Premier League club Newcastle United on trial. The 19-year-old made a substantial impression in his debut A-League season, making 25 appearances and establishing himself as a first-choice central defender alongside veteran Simon Colosimo. The former Australian Institute of Sport captain's trial was announced by the club on Facebook: "Defender Curtis Good has left the club to go on trial with English Premier League side Newcastle United," read the club's post.
Football Federation Australia's fan forums into the identity of their new western Sydney club move to Parramatta and Rooty Hill this week. More than 200 fans, football administrators and former Socceroos attended the first forum in Mt Pritchard on Thursday. Parramatta's Riverside Theatre will host the second forum on Tuesday, while Rooty Hill RSL will be the stage for the third on Thursday. The FFA has encouraged the public to attend both meetings, with fans able to register their interest in the new club here.