July 01, 2015 10:00:37 UK
Perth Glory are reported to be poised to sign former Western Sydney Wanderers keeper Ante Covic.
Covic was named the Asian Champions League player of the tournament last November for his heroics in helping Tony Popovic’s side lift the trophy.
I just have to prove myself right and I know what I’m capable of.
But Wanderers released him, along with nine other players, in May after a disappointing A-League campaign.
Reports indicate the veteran stopper will sign a one-year deal with the Glory, who are 13.00 to win the Grand Final, to provide coach Kenny Lowe with an experienced No.1.
The signing would spell bad news for Jerrad Tyson, who signed for Perth last week. He spent two years as Covic’s understudy at Western Sydney and made just one appearance, so his chances of playing regularly at the Glory would take a major hit.
Lowe let both his experienced keepers, Danny Vukovic and Jack Duncan, leave the club at the end of last season – they signed for Melbourne Victory and Danish club Randers respectively.
Randers are 6.00 to win their next match against FC Copenhagen, who are 1.55 with the draw 4.00.
Covic, who turned 40 last month, played 78 times over Wanderers’ first three seasons as the expansion club won the premiership in their first campaign and reached the Grand Final in both their first two seasons.
Perth would be the two-cap Socceroo’s fourth A-League club. He spent three seasons with Newcastle Jets and played a year with Melbourne Victory before joining Wanderers’ inaugural squad in 2012.
He said last month that his agents Nick and Bernie Mandic had been in talks with A-League clubs and stressed his focus was solely on remaining in Australia.
Covic added: “Three years ago, when I left Melbourne Victory, I had people saying maybe my time was up, but quite clearly it wasn’t, so I don’t have to prove anyone wrong.
“I just have to prove myself right and I know what I’m capable of. There is not a question in my mind about my ability to continue playing at the top level – in the A-League or whatever it may be.
“I’m confident I’ll continue to play. It’s just a matter of with whom, when and where – that’s all still up in the air.”
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