Glory clinch minor premiership

Ivan Franjic's second-half goal gave Perth a 1-0 home victory over Newcastle Jets which earned Glory the A-League Premiers' Plate.

Sydney FC's failure to win the Sydney derby the previous day meant Tony Popovic's team had the chance to clinch their maiden premiership with a win in front of their own fans at HBF Park.

Franjic scored midway through the second half to deliver the club's first piece of silverware since they won the NSL championship in 2004, while they will also get a place in next season's Asian Champions League.

Newcastle's defeat ended their hopes of making the Finals Series, with the top six now set ahead of the final two rounds of the regular season.

The Jets gave Perth two early scares, first when striker Roy O'Donovan fired an audacious 33-metre dipping volley that looped over keeper Liam Reddy, but crashed against the crossbar.

O'Donovan was then denied a goal when, after latching onto Ivan Vujica's cross to send the ball home, referee Kurt Ams sent the decision to the VAR and replays showed the Irishman had been slightly offside.

Andy Keogh thumped a shot against the Jets bar from close range five minutes before the break as he met Joel Chianese's low cross from the right.

Perth, who saw midfielder Juande limp off with a knee injury on the half-hour mark, were denied a first-half penalty by the VAR and had goals ruled out for offside twice in the space of four minutes in the second half.

Franjic finally broke the deadlock when he latched onto a superb through pass from Diego Costa and drilled the ball through the legs of keeper Glen Moss.

The Glory are 2/1 to win their next game against Sydney FC, who are 11/8, with the draw 9/4.

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Glory snap up Franjic

Australia international Ivan Franjic has joined Perth Glory on a two-year deal after refusing a new contract at Brisbane Roar at the end of last season.

He had been pursued by a number of clubs before agreeing terms with the Glory.

The defender has played 20 times for the Socceroos, including in the last World Cup in Brazil, and helped secure the 2015 Asian Cup on home soil when Ange Postecoglou's side defeated South Korea in the Final.

Franjic went back to the Roar last November on a one-year deal, having won a clutch of honours with the club during his first stint including three Grand Finals in the space of four years.

Between his spells in Brisbane he played for Torpedo Moscow, Melbourne City and Daegu FC.

He's the first signing by new Glory coach Tony Popovic, who has other gaps in his squad to fill after the departures of Joseph Mills, Jeremy Walker, Andreu and Adam Taggart.

The 30-year-old said: "I'd be lying if I didn't say my goal was to win silverware for this club. I believe that with Popovic and the players already signed that we can win the whole thing.

"I'll bring experience to the defence and I'm always a team player. I think with a full pre-season people will see the best of me here at Perth."

Speaking of Popovic, he added: "The gaffer made me feel really welcome and explained to me the challenges ahead and it's something I'm looking forward to. I'm always looking to better myself and I think he can help a lot in that regard, so working with him will be something special for me."

The Glory are 16/1 to win the Grand Final and 33/1 to win the minor premiership.

McKay: Roar situation a worry

Captain Matt McKay admits Brisbane Roar's players are under pressure to earn new contracts with the struggling A-League club.

The veteran midfielder is one of 19 players on the Roar's books whose futures beyond this season are uncertain.

It's proving hard for them to make a good case for contract extensions, with the team next to bottom in the table after winning just three of their first 15 games.

Among the players whose deals expire at the end of the campaign are marquee Brett Holman, reigning club champion Corey Brown, imports Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone, utility Ivan Franjic and goalkeeper Jamie Young.

McKay says he spoke to all the other players at training about the situation.

"This is our job, so we want to perform at the best of our ability to continue doing our job," he added. "At the moment it's not happening so no-one can really walk into (football director Craig Moore's) office and demand a contract.

"We'll continually work hard and hopefully those results come and some players start to get resigned. But if not, then the club can change direction."

Meanwhile, Western Sydney have signed veteran Marcelo Carrusca after he was released by Melbourne City. The 34-year-old is linking back up with coach Josep Gombau, who he played under at Adelaide United.

The Argentinian, who has played over 100 A-League games and scored 25 goals, was voted into the Professional Footballers Australia Team of the Season in three consecutive years between 2012 and 2015.

On Saturday, Western Sydney Wanderers are 8/5 to beat Wellington Phoenix who are 33/20, with the draw 5/2.

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Franjic: Roar return feels special

Ivan Franjic is hoping to soon get regular game time with Brisbane Roar to try to help John Aloisi's side climb the A-League table.

The Australia international also believes if he can get back to top form he can push for a place in the Socceroos' squad for next year's World Cup in Russia.

Franjic was in Ange Postecoglou's starting side at the last tournament in 2014 but was then ruled out with a hamstring injury. He had more disappointment the following year when he started in the Asian Cup final but picked up another injury in the Socceroos' win over South Korea.

He's hoping that a return to the club where he won three championships in the space of four years can get his career back on track.

Following the Roar's 2014 Grand Final win Franjic moved to Torpedo Moscow but only played four games in the Russian Premiers League and, despite having signed a three-year deal, quit before the end of his first season due to unpaid wages.

Injuries then dogged him in his two-year stint with Melbourne City, and a move to Daegu FC in South Korea yielded just two appearances.

He signed for Aloisi's side earlier this month and made his first cameo appearance in last Saturday's 3-1 loss to Sydney FC.

Franjic said: "It was something special to come back, seeing so many familiar faces at the place where I first started my professional career. For me it's about working hard day by day, week by week, and do as much as I can to help the team and help the younger boys as well."

The 30-year-old feels confident Brisbane can revive their fortunes and make the Finals Series for an eighth successive season.

"If we can string together three or four wins then we're right back up there," he added. "It's about having confidence and belief in one another."

Franjic hopes his 20-cap international career is not over, and said: "It would be nice to be in the World Cup squad. What's important is playing week in, week out, and then seeing what happens from there."

Brisbane are 2/1 to finish in the top six.

The Roar are 7/2 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 3/4 with the draw 11/4.