GREAT SHAPE: Jets keeper Glen Moss has worked hard in the preason and is feeling as strong as any time in his career. Picture: Jonathan CarrollGLEN Moss has achieved just about everything in football.
The veteran gloveman hasplayedmore than200 A-League games, has 29 caps for New Zealand and hasbeen to a World Cup.
But there is one glaring hole in his resume –a championship.
The 35-year-old went close to ticking the box last season, withthe Jets falling1-0 to Victory in the grand final.
They begin a new campaign against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadiumon Sunday and the hunger remains as strong as ever.
“We won’t be satisfied with anything less than a win,” Moss said on Friday before departing for New Zealand. “I’mat that stage of my career where it is all about winning. When I started out it was about getting game time, getting minutes. Then I wanted to be the No.1. Next was the Kiwi squad. Now it is just about winning. Win every game, get to a final, win that.For me it is aboutwinning a grand final. I haven’t won one yet. I feel I am in the best shape to do that and the squad is in the best shape to do that.”
Eight players that started in the 1-0 loss to Victory inMay will start against Phoenix. Brazilian Jair comes in for Riley McGree, Lachy Jackson has replaced Johnny Koutroumbis, who was this week diagnosed with phyroid cancer, and Matthew Ridenton is in for Ben Kantarovski (hamstring).
The attacking front-foot football remains.
“We didn’t win last year so we still have the hunger to go a step further,” Moss said. “The guys we have brought in are going to fill any holes created by the guys who have left. Matthew Ridenton, Jair .. these guys have come in and lit the place up.”
The Jets face aPhoenix siderebuilding after a disastrous 2017-18 season. Mark Rudan has taken over as coach. Mitch Nicols, Nathan Burns, David Williams and former Premier League defender Steve Taylor head the list of arrivals.
“I learnt long ago not to underestimate anybody, especially in the A-League,” Moss said.
Despite the influx of attackers, Phoenix will take a cautious approach with three at the back and two wingbacks, and look to hit on the counter.
“They can definitely hurt us in transition,” Moss said. “But that is something we have been working on in the pre-season because we know our style. We like to go forward in numbers quickly. When we do lose the ball, wehave to recover and win the ball back quickly.”
Moss is an example of how quicklythings can change. Although he started in the grand final, he was No.2 for much of lastcampaign. However, the departure of Jack Duncan to Saudi Arabia opened the door.
“I put my head down and worked hard and would like to think I have earned the No.1 spot,” he said. “People keep saying that goalkeepersdon’t peak until the later stages of their career. I kept thinking when is that coming. Fingers crossed, we are on the money. The longeryou go on you are a bit more proactive than reactive. I’m feeling great. Ifeel like a kid on Christmas eve.”