Perth Glory’s Hyundai A-League title hopes will be bolstered when star recruit Guyon Fernandez joins his new teammates on the training track on Tuesday morning.
The 29-year old Dutchman has made the move down-under after a much celebrated career in the Eredevisie, the top flight football division in the Netherlands.
The striker played for five Dutch clubs including heavyweights Feyenoord and was pivotal in helping PEC Zwolle (alongside Perth’s Trent Sainsbury) claim silverware in the 2013-14 Dutch Cup final scoring two goals, ironically, against his old club (Feyenoord).
“I won the Cup, I played for a big team, I had pretty much done what I could back home and I’ve always wanted to play abroad. So it was a nice opportunity and a nice adventure and I heard only nice things about Perth and Australia” he said.
Fernandez has made the move to Perth with wife Wenneke and 12-month old daughter Baely. While the picturesque coastline of WA has been an attraction, Perth's new target man has one aim in mind which should appease the Glory faithful.
“I hope to score as many goals as possible, I hope we can achieve good things and I hope to be available as much as I can for the team. All I want to do is play as much as I can” he said.
“I’ve been a striker since I was 7. It’s something that I like very much, I like scoring goals. I don’t get nervous, if I get the chance I’m not thinking about failing, I’m thinking about making the shot”.
That confidence and attitude will no doubt keep Glory head coach Kenny Lowe happy and bode well for his international football prospects for the tiny Caribbean island of Curacao which is managed by fellow Dutchman Patrick Kluivert.
Fernandez whose parents were born in the Dutch colony, has been summoned by Kluivert to take part in a series of forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, which also includes fellow Hyundai A-League player Roly Bonevacia. It was the Wellington Phoenix playmaker who spoke highly about the League and Australia, before Fernandez gave Kenny Lowe and Glory the nod, to move to the West Coast.
“I spoke to Romeo Castelen also (Western Sydney Wanderers) and Bonevacia about life in Australia, and after speaking to them it was not a hard decision to come here.”
“I’m at the right age... and keen to find something else and experience a different culture” he said.
And his message to the Glory fans and members was simple but something bound to resonate in the hearts and minds of all supporters.
“Try to support us as much as possible and we’ll try to do everything to achieve something beautiful for you”.
Glory’s Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season kicks-off on October 10.
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