Worth His Thwaite in Green & Gold
The past couple of seasons have been up and down for Perth Glory defender, Michael Thwaite but the last few weeks have definitely shown signs positive signs for the former Gold Coat United man.
“It’s been a roller coaster season, but I’m happy we played our best football towards the end. I’m very proud that we had a chance to compete and go so close in the final’s series.”
The appointment of Alistair Edwards was arguably the catalyst for the turnaround in the Glory season. Thwaite believes the appointment of the former Socceroo will leave a lasting legacy for Perth, a team that he is convinced should always be thereabouts.
“I see Perth being a team regularly in the finals. Alistair has brought a great vision and philosophy to our club which may be utilised for years to come.”
Personally, the Glory defender has been more involved in the national team set-up recently and with the lengthy off-season must consider how he’ll stay in contention for a spot without regular football. Asia and the US have been rumoured destinations, and OS Aussies has heard that an offer has been made by MLS team, Portland Timbers. Portland’s General Manager is former Glory player, Gavin Wilkinson.
“I have been talking internally with Alistair and Holger regarding going on loan or transferring to those areas,” he said. “However, my club and young family being comfortable is also a big factor in my decision. I do need to keep playing.”
Where, or if he moves remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, and that is that June will be a big month for the Socceroos and football in Australia. Michael fully expected a tough challenge in Asia and despite the precarious position remains confident they can achieve their goal of qualification.
“Being involved with the Socceroos since 2005, it’s never an easy road to the World Cup. We have been through many bumpy roads especially now we are in Asia.
“We have three games to go, nine points available. Every point on the table at this stage is crucial so we need to utilise our home advantage in the final two games. But our full focus is on our next game versus Japan. We believe we can get there.”