29/05/2024

Perth Glory will look to go one better this season by rising into the A-League Women top four. (Image: Perth Glory/Twitter; Design: Will Cuckson)

After a 2021/22 season where they only just fell short of finals, Perth Glory will look to take the next step this season by breaking into the top four for the first time since 2019.

Last season:

Fifth (seven wins, three draws, four losses)

In a much improved season, Perth Glory followed up a bottom of the ladder finish in 2021 by finishing fifth last season. The Glory only just missed out on the top four, finishing level on points with eventual champions Melbourne Victory which they also beat 2-0 during the season.

There were many good signs from the Glory, although they dropped some crucial points throughout the season by drawing twice with seventh-placed Canberra United, and a 1-1 draw with the eight placed Newcastle Jets.

Had any of these results gone their way, finals could have been secured. But it wasn’t to be, and they will look to make sure that they are on the right side of those season defining moments in 2022/23.

Biggest in:

Returning to the A-League Women for the first time since 2019/20. where she played with the Brisbane Roar, American forward Rylee Baisden will be a big addition to the Perth Glory squad.

Returning to the USA during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 28-year-old played some solid football for the North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Soccer League, and will bring one extra experience to the Glory’s front third.

Glory coach Alex Epakis has already described Baisden as a “quick, dynamic” player, saying that she is exactly what the team’s attacking setup needs.

Her work both on and off the ball is extremely strong, and having worked on her game back home for the last couple of years, she will be much more improved compared to the last time we saw her in Australia.

More A-League Women Season Previews:

2022/23 A-League Women Season Preview: Newcastle Jets

2022/23 A-League Women Season Preview: Brisbane Roar

2022/23 A-League Women Season Preview: Melbourne Victory

Biggest out:

The Glory have transferred two players out of the club ahead of the 2022-23 season, with both Mie Leth Jans and Deborah De La Harpe departing the team.

Both players appeared frequently throughout last season, however De La Harpe would the bigger loss of the two due to her age profile and potential.

At just 22-years-old, De La Harpe has developed brilliantly in her two seasons at the Glory, showing great versatility with the ability to play in defence, as well as in more advanced positions.

Moving across the country to join Sydney FC, she will be a very handy player for the club to have amongst its ranks.

With Sydney likely to be strong again this season, and there being plenty of competition for top four spots, the Glory will hope that De La Harpe doesn’t hit the ground running as they fight to climb up the table.

What to expect:

Developing strongly in the two years since their bottom of the table finish, Glory fans would hope that their team can make a statement this year and burst their way into finals.

The team is definitely primed to do so after the improvement we saw last season, and they have already shown that they can hang with the contenders by performing well in individual games against those teams last season.

As previously mentioned, they managed to beat the eventual champions Melbourne Victory, and they managed to secure a 1-0 win against third placed Adelaide United as well.

Although they struggled in games against the top two sides in Sydney FC and Melbourne City, their strong signs of progress should allow them to be much more competitive against those teams in the upcoming season.

The addition of extra attacking players such as Baisden and Gabriella Coleman will make the Glory much more dangerous and versatile going forward, with different options to threaten opposing sides in attack.

American forward Cyera Hintzen was hugely impactful for the Glory last season, and will look to provide the same firepower in attack once again.

A long list of youngsters had impressive seasons for the Glory in 2021/22 and they will all look make an even bigger impact this time around.

The likes of Hana Lowry, Sofia Sakalis, Susan Phonsongkham, Abbey Green and Sarah Cain made regular appearances throughout last season. Their improvement, alongside that of a host of other young players, will be crucial as the Glory look to climb into the top four.

In addition to this, the Glory have some strong experience in the squad, including players such as captain Natasha Rigby, Kim Carroll, Sadie Lawrence, the aforementioned Baisden, and Ella Mastrantonio, who is making her return to the A-League after stints in England and Italy.

The knowledge of these players will also be hugely important to the further progression of those young stars, and to the teams improvement as a whole.

Starting XI:

The Inner Sanctum’s predicted starting XI for the Perth Glory. (Design: Will Cuckson)

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