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Perth Glory aim to stun unstable Jets
By Justin Chadwick
16:09 AEST Thu Dec 13 2012

Perth Glory will attempt to take advantage of the financial uncertainty surrounding the Newcastle Jets when the two A-League sides lock horns at nib Stadium on Friday night.

Glory defender Michael Thwaite knows all too well about the mental toll a flailing club can have on a player's mindset after experiencing first-hand the demise of Gold Coast last season.

The Jets are the latest A-League club to feel the pinch, with the Australian Tax Office applying for both the Jets and NRL outfit Newcastle Knights to be wound up due to unpaid debts.

Thwaite predicts the news will unsettle some of the Jets' players, and said it was imperative for the Glory to take it up to their rivals early in Friday's contest in order to leave them further rattled.

"I've been in a similar situation with Gold Coast," the former United skipper said on Thursday.

"I do feel for the players.

"It is quite hard. Obviously there's families, mortgages etc.

"You never want to think about those off-field situations, like not getting paid.

"(They will be experiencing) a bit of confusion. I think we can take advantage of that definitely.

"That first passage of the game, we really need to come to them and pressurise them."

According to documents filed in the Federal Court in Sydney, the Knights owe more than $1.4 million to the tax office, the Jets owe just over $1 million, while the Nathan Tinkler-run Hunter Sports Group is $184,000 in the red.

Hunter Sports Group said they had not been advised of the ATO's move to appoint a liquidator and that monies owed to the tax office would be paid.

Stand-in Jets skipper Ruben Zadkovich said his team hadn't been affected by the drama, and were still receiving payments on time.

"We're confident that they (Hunter Sports Group) will be right and they'll work it out, and we'll just go out there and play the best we can," Zadkovich said.

The Glory (11 points) are in desperate need of a win after tumbling to eighth spot on the table following a five-game winless run.

Newcastle (13 points) have lost three of their past four games to slip to fifth.

Both teams regain key players for the crunch clash, with Liam Miller, Scott Jamieson and Thwaite bolstering the Glory, and Adam Taggart, Josh Mitchell, Ryan Griffiths and Tiago Calvano all available for the Jets.


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