18 years, seven A-League clubs and a maiden A-League Premiership. But it's all been worth it for the league's most storied goalkeeper.
From NSL heavyweights to A-League perennial underachievers, Perth Glory have finally won a piece of A-League silverware and they've done it in sensational style.
It was ultimately a dominant win, if not entirely without it's shaky moments. An unlikely hero in Ivan Franjic emerged to notch the only goal in a 1-0 win, but there was one unheralded A-League icon who spoke emotionally after the match.
"It's fantastic, 18 years I've been playing and it's the first trophy I've won but it's been worth it," Liam Reddy said.
"The fans all deserve it here and we've got one more trophy to win. With the boss coming in, he's very defensive oriented, he set it in stone from pre-season."
From A-League stalwarts to overnight success stories, Joel Chianese has been a sensation this season under new Perth coach Tony Popovic and said that while they'll enjoy the trophy, the hard work is only just beginning.
"We've got no energy left, we threw it all into that game in front of an awesome crowd again," Chianese said.
"The fans have been asking for that for a while, we've had a lot of talent without the results, so we're going to sink it all in.
"With this boss if you play well, you'll get your chance and if you keep playing well you'll stay in. He's given me a lot of confidence. It's always nice to wrap it up now, we'll enjoy it tonight but the boss will make sure we finish the season well.
"Momentum is so important in Australian football."