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Australian Football: Garcia backs young guns to shine

Perth Glory head coach Richard Garcia is delighted with the way some of his young stars continue to grow and they will get another chance against Brisbane Roar on Saturday night.

Glory are out to finish in the top six of the A-League this season but that looks an ambitious target for now and they need to start winning games.

Winless streak

Since returning to Perth, Glory have played three games at HBF Park but have not won any of them. Defeats against Adelaide and Sydney were followed by a 0-0 draw against Central Coast on Tuesday night.

Due to injuries Garcia is having to field some of his youngsters. Josh Rawlins, Giordano Colli, Callum Timmins, Daniel Stynes, Ciaran Bramwell and Aidan Edwards are all getting a chance and Garcia is happy with the way they are progressing.

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"The last three games that we’ve played, we’ve done quite well considering the age and relative inexperience of the group," he told reporters. "It’s just about those final bits and the bit of experience that they need to gain from these games that we’ve just had.

"You can tell every game that they’re improving and pushing further towards being better, which is fantastic. Now it’s about putting it together and finishing it off."

Players missing

There had been some talk of Daniel Sturridge making an appearance against Brisbane but that now looks unlikely.

"We’re still down a few which is something that we’ve had to deal with all year," Garcia added. "Andy [Keogh, Kosuke [Ota] is still a little while off and Daniel [Sturridge] is probably a little bit off as well."

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