Perth Glory's prodigal son has returned; but it's not just Chris Ikonomidis who's happy, the Wild West sees a return to the Glory days on the horizon.
The Distance Derby is no longer a joke: Perth Glory's 3-0 defeat of Wellington Phoenix was a statement across the league.
While Wellington have emerged as one of the most in-form sides in the competition, matching or beating Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory in recent weeks, Perth demolished the Kiwis within the first 45 minutes.
Shane Lowry's bullet header broke the deadlock, before Ikonomidis added a second aerial effort and Andy Keogh finished proceedings with a slidedraw finish - his 50th A-League goal.
"It's so good to be back in Perth, I'm really enjoying my football here," Ikonomidis said.
"It's making me enjoy my football a lot, I've got such a good team network. Everyone's always supporting me on and off the pitch and my performances are credit to the team."
Stand-in Wellington captain Roy Krishna had his toughest outings of the season against a near peerless Perth backline, but isn't taking the result to heart.
"I'm very disappointed, you know? We should have scored in the first two minutes, but they're top of the table for a reason.
"It's part of football, there's a lot of work needed. The boss will make changes for the next match, but the boys will be back and raring to go."