Burns wants return of glory days

06 April 2012 11:53:23 EST

Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns has said that he wants to bring back the golden period of the club's history by triumphing in their current A-League finals campaign.

Perth claimed back to back National Soccer League titles in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons and also made two Grand Final appearances round about the same time period.

At that time, the Glory were considered one of the best footballing teams Down Under and Burns wants to bring past glory in the region once again.

Before the start of the new millennium, Burns used to play for Sydney United. Back then, he used to be in awe of the Glory's power of attracting big crowds and so when the opportunity to join Perth arose, he didn't think twice in jumping ships.

Burns recalled: "I remember playing for Sydney United in the late 1990s before I moved to Parramatta Power and I used to watch this Perth team play in front of fantastic crowds. I also used to follow them after I left for Europe in 2000 and that's what was uppermost in my mind when I came back to Australia in 2009.

"I wanted to help Perth recreate those glory days. Club owner Tony Sage and coach David Mitchell told me that that is what they were trying to do. They wanted to put together a strong team to regularly challenge for the honors. The first season I came back we made the finals but we lost to Wellington in a shootout. That defeat still leaves me with a bitter taste in my mouth and motivates me highly, coming into the home final against Phoenix on Saturday."

Glory host Wellington on Saturday and are 13/20 to win, with the Phoenix at 17/4 and the draw at 11/4.

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