Keeper Jones takes long road back to Perth

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones says the likely delayed start to the A-League season is just what he needs after enduring a hectic journey to get to Perth.

© David Crosling/AAP PHOTOS After over two decades playing abroad, keeper Brad Jones will suit up for Perth Glory this season.

The Glory pulled off a massive coup on August 5 when they signed Jones on a two-year deal.

Jones had been plying his trade in Saudi Arabia for Al-Nassr in recent years, and getting a flight back to Australia under the current COVID-19 border restrictions proved tricky.

The 39-year-old finally secured that ticket late last month, and he only got out of quarantine several days ago.

The A-League season was initially set to start on October 30, but that is expected to be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreaks gripping Australia.

“Thankfully for me the way the league’s looking at the moment, it gives me a bit of extra time, so that works out well,” Jones said.

“It gives me time to get up to speed and crack on. It was a fair delay to actually get here.

“It’s only been a couple of days (since I’ve been out of quarantine). I started in the gym with the fitness coaches, and getting to know the new surroundings.

“I managed to get out (onto the track on Thursday) and get the gloves on, which was good.”

Jones was born in Perth, and always wanted to play for the Glory at some stage of his career.

Returning to WA while the world is still battling COVID-19 outbreaks was also a huge appeal in signing with the club.

The third factor was his lengthy relationship with Glory coach Richard Garcia.

“I wasn’t interested in going just anywhere and working with anyone. It had to be the right move for me,” Jones said.

“This appealed to me. I think we’ve known each other since we were 14 – state teams and things like that.

“I know how he works, I know what his ideas will be, and he’s somebody I can see myself working well with.

“For me that’s important. He’s a young coach coming in, but from what I’ve seen and from what I know of him, he’s got a bright future as a coach.

“If I can help a little bit with my experience in the dressing room, then that will be good.”

Jones spent four years at Liverpool largely in a back-up role earlier in his career, but he’s enjoyed being the main man in recent stints at Dutch club Feyenoord and Saudi outfit Al-Nassr.

He’s now set his sights on helping Glory land some trophies.

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