Western Sydney Wanderers defender Jack Clisby on his breakout season

Jack Clisby has enjoyed a superb debut season with Western Sydney Wanderers.
Thanks, Popa. That’s the message from Western Sydney Wanderers fullback Jack Clisby ahead of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League Finals Series.

In his first season under Tony Popovic, the fully committed fullback has played 24 of the Wanderers’ 27 games.

“The coach has believed in me and he’s backed me,” said Clisby as his side began preparations for Friday’s sudden-death clash with Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

“I feel like I have developed over the year.

Defence: Jack Clisby (Wanderers)

“I think [I’ve improved] both defensively and offensively and especially fitness-wise.

“I don’t think I could get up and down the line that frequently before.

“A lot of things off the field as well – professionalism, healthy eating – all that good discipline stuff.

“It really does have an effect on your fitness and frame of mind,” he said.

NO ROAR HOODOO FOR WANDERERS

Western Sydney head into Friday’s game on a six-match unbeaten streak.

But they’ve taken just two points from a possible nine this season from the Roar.

“I don’t think there’s particularly any issue,” said Clisby.

Wanderers midfielder Mitch Nichols and Roar defender Luke DeVere were looking to spread the Christmas love in their Rd 12 clash in Brisbane.

“At Spotless Stadium, we thoroughly dominated the game but we were struggling to score goals in that period of the season.

“The two performances away were actually good performances.

“We were unfortunate to lose one of those games in the end.

“Heading into this Friday, we’re ready to take on Brisbane,” warned Clisby.

STOP MACCA, STOP ROAR

The ginger fullback knows he and his fellow defenders will need to be at their best to contain joint Golden Boot winner Jamie Maclaren.

Jamie Maclaren is the April nominee for the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award.

“We’ve played him a few times this season and we know how he likes to play,” said Clisby.

“Hopefully it’s something we can address in the changing room and make sure we try to limit him as much as possible,” he added.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Perth Glory sign Irish international

Perth Glory have pulled off a major coup with the signing of Irish international Andy Keogh.

Perth Glory have pulled off a major coup with the signing of Irish international Andy Keogh.

Perth Glory have announced the signing of Republic of Irelandinternational Andy Keogh on a two-year contract with a further one year option that will see the striker wear the number 9 shirt at Glory until the end of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season.
Dublin born Keogh started his footballing career as a junior at Leeds United, before making a move to Scunthorpe United in 2005 that saw him make 86 appearances and score 19 goals. In 2007 he completed a transfer to Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers for an estimated A$1.0 million.
Keogh went on to make 118 appearances for Wolves and was a key member of the team that won promotion to the Barclays Premier League for the 2010/2011 season. He has made over 250 appearances in the English Premier League and Championship over the past 7 years for Wolves, Cardiff City, Bristol City, Millwall and Blackpool.
The 28-year-old finished the recent 2013/14 Championship season at Blackpool, with goals against Nottingham Forest and Wigan securing the club’s position in the Championship for the 2014/15 season.
Keogh made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2007 and has already achieved 30 caps and scored two goals including the equaliser in Giovanni Trapattoni’s first match in charge, a 1–1 draw with Serbia in a friendly match at Croke Park, Dublin, a goal that won the FAI Goal of the Year Award.
In 2013 he was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for six matches including games against England, Poland, and Spain, with his last appearance being against Wales in August 2013.
His move to Glory will not be the first time that he has played at nib Stadium, having made a “Man-of-the-Match” appearance for Wolves against Glory in 2009, in a game that saw Tando Velaphi pull off a spectacular save from his 40 yard second-half half volley and a driving run from the left resulting in a shot that hit the underside of the bar before being cleared to safety.
“I am looking forward to returning to Perth and to make my mark on the A-League” Andy Keogh said.
“It is a league I have followed closely over the past few years, with my family having moved to Joondalup in recent years and through my close friendship with Millwall defender and former ECU Joondalup player Shane Lowry.” he added.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me at Perth Glory and I believe my experience in the Championship will help me adapt quickly to the A-League. “
The 183cm striker will join his Perth Glory teammates for pre-season training which commences on June 18.
“It’s another positive signing for Perth Glory. Andy is an exciting player, very hard-working, and someone who play’s football to win and to score goals.” Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer said.
“I met up with Andy earlier this month in the UK, he’s got a fantastic attitude and it’s great to be able to bring a player of such quality and experience into the Perth Glory squad for the upcoming season.” He added.
Andy Keogh joins recent signings Ruben Zadkovich, Diogo Ferreira, Dino Djulbic and Youssouf Hersi as Head Coach’s Kenny Lowe’s signings for the Club during the 2014/15 A-League off season.
In further good news for the club, on-loan goalkeeper Danny Vukovic will arrive back in Perth next week after an agreement was reached with J-League club Vegalta Sendai to an early release from his five month spell at the club.
Full Name: Andrew Declan Keogh
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 70kg
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs:
Leeds United
Scunthorpe United
Bury
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City
Bristol City
Millwall
Blackpool
Current Hyundai A-League Contracted Squad for Season 2014/15:
Andy Keogh, Dino Djulbic, Ruben Zadkovich, Youssouf Hersi, Diogo Ferreira, Daniel De Silva, Jack Clisby, Brandon O’Neill, Danny Vukovic, Rostyn Griffiths, Michael Thwaite, Cameron Edwards, Nebojsa Marinkovich, Jamie Maclaren, Sidnei Sciola Moreas, Chris Harold, Josh Risdon, Scott Jamieson, Matthew Davies, Riley Woodcock, Harry O’Brien, Jack Duncan.
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Source : Football Federation Australia

Team of the Week | Round 13

Monday, 6 January 2014 2:00 PM

Team of the Week | Round 13

As we near the midpoint of season nine the following XI did their best to ensure their team started 2014 in the best possible way.

Player of the Week: Stein Huysegems

The Belgian striker has found his scoring boots for the Phoenix, netting his third match winner in as many weeks. Huysegems scored a brace against the Wanderers to help orchestrate arguably the upset of the season. The ‘Nix No. 10 did it all himself to put his side in front and banked the result late on with a clever back-heel finish. After going the first 10 rounds without a win, the Kiwi side now have the top six very much in their sights.

Goalkeeper:

Danny Vukovic: Many football pundits have spruiked Danny Vukovic as the form ‘keeper of the competition this season and he was at his best again to help Perth take maximum points from the Jets. Vukovic was called upon to make eight saves from shots on target on his way to keeping his fifth cleansheet of the season. Among them was his controversial clearance off the line to deny Kew Jaliens which help ensure Glory nicked all three points.

 

Round 13 TOTW

 

Defenders:

Ivan Franjic: The Socceroos defender has been a model of consistency for the Roar this season and put in another solid shift at the back to see the league leaders past title challengers Victory. Franjic was part of a Roar backline which has the equal-best defence in the league and loves to provide an option in attack. He was a constant threat down the right-flank against Kevin Muscat’s men and surely a World Cup spot beckons if he maintains his current form.

Manny Muscat: Muscat has been Mr Fix-it for the Phoenix this season, deployed across the Wellington backline to plug holes in their defence. On the back of signing a new two-year deal to remain with the New Zealand club, Muscat helped restrict an attacking Wanderers outfit to a solitary goal on their home patch. The Maltese international has been pivotal in the Phoenix’s recent revival and his pairing with Durante continues to pay dividends as they banked another three points.

Jack Clisby: Since being elevated to the senior side to help cover a depleted Glory backline, Jack Clisby has shown he has what it takes to make it in the Hyundai A-League. The 21-year-old got through a mountain of work against the Jets who were chasing the game. The former Sorrento junior held firm to help propel the Jets and earn his side an invaluable three points.

Aziz Behich: It’s pretty rare that the Mariners are kept scoreless at home and few people gave the Heart a chance in Gosford. However Behich held up his end of the bargain, helping to ensure Heart kept a rare cleansheet in John van’t Schip’s first game back in charge. On loan from Bursapor in Turkey, Behich was ever-reliable at the back and made some good choices on the ball as the Red and White dominated possession but couldn’t find a critical goal.

Midfielders:

Steven Lustica: The Adelaide United midfielder is a no-nonsense type of footballer and an underrated talent in a Reds side that are gradually getting reward for their new style of football. The former Roar player joined the Reds at the start of the season on a free transfer from Hajduk Split and has embraced the short-passing game Gombau has brought to Coopers Stadium. The 22-year-old was again purposeful against the Sky Blues with his distribution and stood up in the face of several injuries.

Liam Miller: The Irishman was highly influential and involved in all three goals to ensure the Roar extended their lead at the league’s summit. Miller netted the opener, set-up the second and had a hand in the third as Brisbane moved seven points clear at the top. The former Manchester United player has scored a couple of crucial goals of late and slammed the ball into the bottom left corner of the net on 28 minutes. His link up play with McKay provided the second and no-look through ball helped finish a clinical performance from Brisbane.

Harry Kewell: After enduring a difficult start to the season with injury Harry Kewell is starting to recapture match fitness and his performance against the Mariners suggests the 35-year-old still has plenty to offer. The former Liverpool and Leeds star’s combination with Maltese international Michael Mifsud proved troublesome for Central Coast throughout the contest. Only some lacklustre finishing prevented Heart’s first win of the season but if Kewell continues to play like he did on the weekend three points are surely not far away.

Strikers:

Ranko Despotovic: The Serbian striker was on the scoresheet again as a 10-man Sydney FC fought back to grab a valuable point in Adelaide. Despotovic got on the end of a Richard Garcia cross and tucked the ball home under heavy pressure to open the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes. With Alessandro Del Piero struggling to return to full fitness much of the creative work up front has fallen to the journeyman and his four goals would indicate he looks to have been an astute mid-season signing.

Thomas Broich: The German import was at his mercurial best at AAMI Park, mesmerising the Victory defence with his fleet-footedness and link up play. In the absence of frontman Besart Berisha, Broich has adapted seamlessly to playing further up front. He unselfishly set up Miller for the games’ opener and had a hand in the third when he again teed up Miller as Roar notched their eighth goal in two games.

 

Football Federation Australia