Harnwell offered new deal by Glory
Having started the year surplus to requirements at Perth Glory, defender turned striker Jamie Harnwell has been offered another contract to remain with the club next year.
Harnwell was left stunned and hurt when former manager Ron Smith told him before the year had begun he was free to leave, and would be playing a reduced role at the only top flight club he has known.
But with Smith long gone and Harnwell again the club's top scorer in the A-League this season, coach Dave Mitchell confirmed the 30 year-old had been offered a deal to play on next season - and deserved it.
"I think Jamie Harnwell is Perth Glory through and through. I know other clubs are in the market for him but from our point of view I don't think he'll leave," Mitchell said.
"I think he's been remarkable. From what he had at the start of the season, to overcome someone else in the striker position, and he's come through that and become top scorer so far.
"It's a credit to him. To me, he's deserved the contract and certainly well worth offering him that contract."
With another disastrous A-League season almost over for the former NSL champions, most interest for Glory fans against Adelaide on Sunday will come from who they might not see play for them again.
Former Socceroo Mitchell said while Jamie Coyne had been offered a deal, even favourites Stan Lazaridis and Jason Petkovic were not assured of their places, after both made comebacks from long absences last week.
"Stan and Jason we are still looking at. They did very well last week, they got a big tick last week, but they've got to be consistent enough to do it week in, week out," Mitchell said.
"And not be a detriment to the club going forward. They are both experienced players so it's great having them around."
And with an overseas striker and more defensive cover the recruiting priorities for Mitchell, the uncompromising Scot has admitted luring players to Perth has been tougher than he anticipated.
"The situation is we have to be a top-four team next year," Mitchell said.
"The club has to get there and rebuild it and get the crowd back and make it a place where people want to be.
"I have found it more difficult than I thought bringing players over to Perth, because Perth used to be one of the best places to come.
"Because the team has been down the bottom in the last couple of years it makes it a little bit harder and people have a bit of a question mark.
"So that's been a bit of a hurdle that I didn't think would be there."