The fabled no.10 role is up for grabs at the NIB Stadium.
Three of Perth Glory’s brightest young talents are vying to fill the shoes of Liam Miller after his summer move to Brisbane Roar.
Former Republic of Ireland international Miller left the NIB Stadium end of last season after two years with the club. His departure leaves head coach Alistair Edwards in a quandary as to how he will fill the no.10 rule previously occupied by the 32-year-old.
Edwards initially resolved to dip his toes into the transfer market but after noting the development of 16-year-old Daniel De Silva, 19-year-old son Ryan Edwards and Jamie Maclaren, 20, he feels the attacking role is well stocked and will give him scope to nurture the talents of the Australia under-20 internationals.
“We needed to get a goalscoring number 10, and if Liam had stayed at the club we would have played him more as a number eight, in a midfield role,” Edwards told The World Game.
“We went into the market for a number 10, and because of the development of Danny De Silva and the addition of Jamie Maclaren and Ryan Edwards we have got a number of players who can play the number 10 role.
“We see it as an opportunity to develop players. If you go through the whole squad, I don’t think anyone’s a guaranteed starter, apart from a couple of players, and they all know that.