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Sidnei loving it in Perth with Glory

When Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards first saw a video clip of Brazilian winger Sidnei, he couldn't help but be impressed.

But short video clips can be deceiving.

Almost anyone can look good in snippets - merely edit out the bad stuff and you're left with a montage of awesomeness.

Edwards needed a speedy, creative winger to round off his youthful squad, and on paper (and video) Sidnei seemed to fit the bill.

But Perth weren't willing to sign Sidnei based on a Youtube clip.

And they also weren't prepared to fork out the money needed to fly Sidnei across to Perth for a trial.

So on the advice of Western Sydney Wanderers import Youssouf Hersi, Sidnei paid his own way over to Perth in June.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Sidnei has been a star performer over the first nine rounds, with the 27-year-old scoring a brace in Friday night's 4-2 win over Wellington.

Glory have been so impressed with Sidnei's efforts that they've already offered him a two-year contract extension.

Edwards hopes the fleet-footed midfielder will put pen to paper soon.

"He's one of the players in the A-League that we love," Edwards said.

"I know people always talk about the Del Pieros, the Heskeys and the Onos, but you could probably add Sidnei close by to that.

"I know he hasn't had the pedigree of the other three, but his actual performances have been fantastic.

"We're talking to him about extending his contract.

"He and his wife have just had a baby, so they're very happy here. We'll see how it goes."

Glory will be aiming to make it two wins on the trot when they take on Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Friday night.

But first they will face off against Malaysian Premier League outfit Felda United in a friendly at Dorrien Gardens on Tuesday.

Edwards said former French international William Gallas, who has missed the past two games with a calf injury, was a chance to return against Felda United.

Skipper Jacob Burns will also feature in the clash, while winger Ryo Nagai (calf) is expected to be fit to take on the Victory.


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