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A-League - Wanderers regain second with win

A-League news Jan 26, 2014
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Nov 12, 2013

Flies and sun don't worry William Gallas

Former French international William Gallas has turned to the internet in a bid to boost his preparations for his A-League debut on Saturday.

Gallas starred for Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham during his 12-year stint in England, but has been confronted with a whole new set of challenges since touching down in Australia last weekend.

The 36-year-old has taken Perth's stifling heat and annoying flies in his stride, saying the blue skies have made it worthwhile.

And he's already comfortable with Perth Glory's game plan.

But getting to know the names of his new teammates has been a tricker task.

"Every night I go on the website and I look up all the players. And then in the morning, I try to say hello," Gallas said after training on Wednesday.

"It's not easy because there are 23 players.

"I already know the names of my defence line.

"They asked me what is my nickname. I said I would like them to call me Will.

"Normally in England they call me Billy, but I don't like it. I'm sorry. I prefer they call me Will."

Gallas completed match simulation training with Glory on Wednesday, and hopes to play a starting role in Saturday's clash with Adelaide in Perth.

With a 32-degree day forecast for the match, Perth unsuccessfully tried to get the game moved from 2.30pm to 6.45pm local time.

Gallas has experienced a string of 30-plus degree days already, and says he'll need to closely monitor himself during the game.

"It's not easy because I come from London. It's very cold there at the moment. I spoke to my friend there and he said it's only six degrees," said Gallas, who hasn't played a competitive game since April 4.

"I think we have to drink a lot before the game and during the game, because it's difficult to play with the heat.

"It won't be easy for all the players."

Fourth-placed Glory will be missing star striker Shane Smeltz (international duty), but Danny De Silva could return from an ankle injury.

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