Glorey came close to title success in 2011/12 after reaching the A-League Grand Final.
Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns admits he is eager to lead the club to A-League title success next season before his contract expires next summer.
The 35-year-old’s was captain during the 2011/12 campaign in which Glory made it to A-League Grand Final and came away empty handed after Brisbane Roar clinched victory thanks to a controversial penalty in the seventh minute of injury time.
They made it to the Final’s series again last term only to be beaten by Melbourne Victory in the semi-final and Burns says that all the near misses have made him even more determined to deliver the Championship to the NIB Stadium in 2013/14.
“That’s the reason I came back to Australia after a decade in Europe … to win things,” Burns The World Game. “We came close on three occasions which is something I’m very proud of.
”But winning the elusive championship is what drives me, that’s for sure. Perth had a slow start in its A-League existence but since I’ve been here the club has really picked up.
“So it would be nice to finally lift the trophy and bring the club up to where it should be.
“It’s my main driving force.”
Burns has trod a radical career path that saw him take in spells in England, Poland and Romania between 2000 and 2009 prior to his return to Australia, where he has spent the past four seasons.
But after experiencing different training routines and playing cultures in Europe the former Socceroos enforcer is preparing for another dive into the unorthodox after Glory arranged a pre-season pole dancing session on Tuesday.
“This is going to be my first pole dancing session, that’s for sure,” Burns quipped. ”You never know, this could be the next step in my career.
“But I’m not going to shave my legs, none of that.
“The session is designed to improve our core strength that should give us a certain edge, so there you go.”