ON THE BOARD: William Gallas, celebrating a goal for Tottenham last year, has enjoyed a distinguished career in the EPL with Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs.
ON THE BOARD: William Gallas, celebrating a goal for Tottenham last year, has enjoyed a distinguished career in the EPL with Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. GETTY IMAGES

Can Gallas bring the Glory for Perth fans?

CANNES, in the south of France, and Perth on the west coast of Australia have plenty of things in common.

Sunshine and great beaches are among them.

Let's hope - for the sake of Perth Glory and the A-League - they are what new signing and marquee man William Gallas is coming for.

The 36-year-old is the latest big-name player to make Australia his home, following Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey, Shinji Ono, Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton.

But as with the others, Gallas is coming to the A-League towards the end of a distinguished career.

The former French international has 321 English Premier League games and 84 caps for the former world champions under his belt.

But will he be the answer for the Glory as it seeks to end its A-League title drought? And could he bring as much to the A-League as he did in his time with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in the UK.

Gallas thinks he can and he is certainly talking a good game ahead of his move Down Under.

"(It's) very important to bring that mentality, the warrior, the guys who like to win every game, so if the players can respond to that, it will be good for the team and the club," Gallas told Fox Sports this week.

I am not doubting for one minute that Gallas will give his all in his games for the Glory, and I am sure his arrival will inspire others to make playing in the A-League their goal, but he is, as I mentioned earlier, on the downward spiral in his career and has not played since being released by Tottenham at the end of last season when out of contract.

The very fact the A-League is attracting Gallas and the other big names to play in Australia has to be good for the game here at all levels, but I am still waiting for the day when a young star chooses to play here rather than strut his stuff in Europe.

Of course, it would be too fanciful to think that players such as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo would choose Bondi ahead of Barcelona or Madrid.

But luring a player to the A-League who is still at the peak of his powers must be the aim of all clubs over the next few years.



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