Coyne glad to be back

Jamie Coyne played in Perth Glory's last championship way back in the days of the NSL, but this week he finally gets a chance to be part of the A-league finals action when the Glory face Wellington on Sunday.

Jamie Coyne played in Perth Glory's last championship way back in the days of the NSL, but this week he finally gets a chance to be part of the A-league finals action when the Glory face Wellington on Sunday.

Coyne played in the 2003/04 grand final win in the National Soccer League against the Parramatta Power and has been with the Glory since the inaugural A-League season, but this Sunday's clash against Wellington will be his and the team's first taste of finals action in the competition.

Perth face the longest road trip of all and is made even tougher considering the Phoenix have not lost at Westpac Stadium since going down to Queensland Roar on October 26 in the 2008/09 season.

Despite the odds being seemingly stacked against the Glory, Coyne remains confident that Perth can get the result and stay alive in the finals.

"Big deal that they've won a lot of games over there. That's all in the past and finals football is different. It's a one off game and we'll be going over there trying to frustrate them and get a couple of goals," Coyne said.

"If we can do that and nullify their best players we are pretty confident. Everyone is going on about the distance we have to travel and everything, but we are happy to be going over there and are looking forward to it. "

"It's been something over the last four or five years that it's been disappointing not to do. It's a little achievement along the way for the club and looking at the big picture hopefully we can win this weekend and go again the next weekend."

Jamie's older brother Chris, along with Jacob Burns and Mile Sterjovski look set to return from injury.

Burns appears over a slight tear in his hamstring and trained strongly on Tuesday, while Chris Coyne should be over a corked thigh and Sterjovski moved freely after having a sore back.

"There's a couple of boys who have been injured and all of a sudden they are feeling better and those niggles are going away," he said.

"Any niggles are feeling better now miraculously and he (Burns) trained well today. Chris and Mile were on the sidelines doing a fair bit of running, but I think they are all pretty confident about getting on the plane."

Even if making the trip to Wellington isn't ideal for the Glory, Coyne isn't interested in making any excuses and is looking forward to the challenge of trying to snap the Phoenix's home undefeated run in front of a parochial New Zealand crowd.

"It's not the best trip and we'd prefer to play at home, but we'll travel three or four days beforehand and we'll be acclimatised by the time the game starts. They will have a big crowd, but that will be good," he said.

"The conditions there are always a bit wet and windy, but we've travelled over there twice this year already and we are pretty much used to it by now. "

"They've gone a year and-a-half without being beaten at home and our away record's not the best, but this is the time to change it. They are confident playing at home, but we are also confident about going over there and getting the result going our way."

Coyne looks back on fondly on his success with the Glory in the old NSL, but has certainly noticed how the A-League has taken the game to new levels in Australia.

"Back then Perth was a professional club where we were full-time, but there was a lot of clubs that weren't," he said.

"We played Parramatta and they themselves were probably paying higher than what the salary cap is these days so they had a lot of good players, as we did. In terms of attention and media, the A-League has grown from strength to strength every year so there is a bit of a difference."