Centre midfield, centre forward, right wing, left wing, attacking midfield, left back, impact sub - there are few positions Joel Chianese hasn’t covered for Perth Glory this season.
And as Glory head into their elimination semi-final against Adelaide United tomorrow, the versatile Chianese is ready to fill whatever role head coach Tony Popovic gives him.
For the 29-year-old, who has experienced the rough and tumble of professional football after debuting for Sydney FC eight years ago, is in the form of his life.
This season Chianese has been a constant in Perth’s Premier’s Plate-winning campaign. He has been involved in every A-League round, bar one, and bagged five goals and four assists.
Wherever on the pitch Popopvic has placed him, the Sydneysider has done a job.
Chianese explains a full pre-season and the faith of his coach has given him the boost to fully reach his potential.
“For me it’s probably been my best professional season,” he told FTBL.
“I’m in the best shape I’ve been in a long time. I’ve been injury-free all season, I had a really good pre-season, which has gone a long way to helping me get where I am this season.
“At the same time the boss has given me a lot of confidence and got me mentally stronger to believe in myself and back myself every game. I think I’ve come a long way this year. I’ve got stronger and stronger as the season’s gone on.
“There’s a bit more improvement to come and that’s why I wanted to stay on another year. I’m just enjoying being part of a winning squad. We’ve got a little taste of silverware and it would be nice to do the double now.”