Former Roar and Victory midfielder Mitch Nicholls will make his Perth Glory debut in Sunday’s A-League clash with Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.
Fringe Socceroos midfielder Mitch Nicholls doesn’t like collecting money for nothing.
After being frozen out of first-team action at his J-League club Cerezo Osaka, Nicholls had two options: Stay in Japan and earn a handsome pay packet while doing nothing more than train, or seek a loan deal.
Nicholls’ competitive edge meant he simply had to leave, and he chose Perth Glory as his next destination after hearing about the club’s ambitious plans to create a period of sustained success.
The 25-year-old admitted his time in Japan was tough, but said he understood the nature of the beast.
“It’s a cut-throat industry over there,” Nicholls said.
“The coach that brought me there was sacked.
“Even before they appointed a new coach they made it pretty clear I wasn’t going to play.
“They wanted to bring in new foreign players.
“That’s football. It was taken out of my hands.
“It wasn’t good for me to just sit there and collect my money and just train.”
Nicholls has been loaned out to Glory until the end of the A-League season, and will make his Perth debut in Sunday’s clash with Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.
The attacking midfielder was part of the Brisbane Roar side that defeated Perth Glory to win the 2011/12 Championship.
Now, he wants to help steer Perth to some long-overdue title success.
Glory only narrowly avoided the wooden spoon last season, but Nicholls is confident the club can drastically turn around their fortunes.
“In the A-league with only 10 teams, if you don’t make the top six, it shows you had a pretty bad season,” Nicholls said.
“We haven’t set any limits on our group.
“Personally, you want to make that top-two. That shows that you’ve had a good season and you get to be involved in Champions League.”