Glory eye off A-League silverware
Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson has set his sights on winning the club's first A-League title after guiding his side to an historic third-placed finish.
Wellington's failure to defeat Central Coast by three or more goals on Sunday (they lost 2-1) sealed third spot for Perth, giving the Glory the chance to play in two home finals.
Although Central Coast and Brisbane remain the hot favourites to reach this season's grand final, Ferguson felt his team were in good enough form to knock off the two powerhouses.
Ferguson's confidence was fuelled by Glory's 4-2 triumph over Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, in which star striker Shane Smeltz bagged four goals to lift his overall tally to an A-League record 62 goals.
And in further good news for the Glory, defender Bas van den Brink (calf), skipper Jacob Burns (ribs), midfielder Liam Miller (hamstring) and Josh Mitchell (back) are all on track to return for Sunday's elimination final in Perth.
Midfielder Steven McGarry, who was subbed off at half-time against the Victory due to hamstring tightness, also remains in the mix, leaving Ferguson with plenty of options at his disposal.
After guiding the Glory to their most successful season since the A-League's inception, Ferguson will meet with club owner Tony Sage on Monday in a bid to secure a multi-year contract extension.
Although Ferguson was proud of his team's third-placed finish, he quickly turned his focus to winning the championship.
"We're in it to win it," Ferguson said.
"I'm not going to play it down that we don't want to win it.
"When I was with Central Coast Mariners (as an assistant coach) we reached two grand finals.
"Anything can happen in the finals. Sixth place can win it. That's the way football is here.
"It's such a tight league and such a good league that anybody can beat anyone on their day."
Victory coach Jim Magilton, who guided his side to two wins, five draws and five losses since taking over from the sacked Mehmet Durakovic in early January, said he would sit down with the club's board next week to discuss his future.
The star-studded Victory notched just 29 points from 27 games to finish a disappointing eighth; well adrift of the top-six.
Magilton was non-committal when asked whether he wanted to stay on at the helm, saying he will reveal more once he's met with the club's board.
"The lads have applied themselves terrifically well in training, but unfortunately we just haven't had the results," Magilton said of the failed season.
"We can't hide behind some poor performances but I've really enjoyed it.
"I've been really surprised by the quality. It was nice working with players again and nice being that hot seat."