Despite suffering just their second loss of the season to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, Perth Glory look set to add to a dusty trophy cabinet in a few weeks time.
Tony Popovic’s revolution sees the Glory six points atop the A-League table with four matches to play, with a Premiership and home Grand Final a distinct possibility.
Neil Kilkenny has been a crucial cog in the Popovic machine, and this he week joined Box2Box and paid tribute to the depth of the squad, which has fostered their success.
“Everyone talks about the players that are playing, but the players that haven’t played as much as they would have liked have been fantastic this season”, he said.
“You need (depth) as a successful club. I’ve been at successful clubs in England, it’s always the same. Training’s at a very good intensity, everyone’s playing for places and pushing each other to the maximum”.
After a frustrating spell at Melbourne City, Kilkenny has enjoyed a new lease on life in the West. A fruitful second half of 2017/18 on loan at Perth meant he was in no doubt he wanted to sign permanently.
“Last season was frustrating for me, the first six months (at City) I was not playing as many games as I’d like”.
“From January to the end of the season my form was good. I signed here permanently because I knew of the success the club was starting to get. It’s been rewarding so far, hopefully we can carry on with the results we are getting”.