Veteran defender William Gallas has set his sights on securing a contract extension at Perth Glory as he bids to help the club atone for its under-achieving season.
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SBS: Dave Lewis

18 Apr 2014 - 5:40 PM  UPDATED 18 Apr 2014 - 6:50 PM

A third from bottom finish has owner Tony Sage in the market for a new coach to replace current caretaker Kenny Lowe and the future of French World Cup finalist Gallas – the club’s international marquee – is also up in the air with his nine-month deal close to expiring.

But the 36-year-old former Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham stopper, who finished an injury-hit season strongly, declared his desire to pass on his experience to a young squad while maintaining he has the drive and passion to continue his professional career for at least two more seasons.

Restricted to 15 appearances for Glory in 2013-2014, Gallas’s future at the club will hinge on the requirements of who eventually takes the reins at nib Stadium.

Insisting that he is driven far more by his love for the game than marquee wages, Gallas said: 'My intention is to stay on at the club but the decision is not mine.

'It is in the hands of the club and it may depend on who is the coach for next season also.

'But I feel the job is not done for me – and I want to try and finish what I have started here in a playing sense.

'It was a hard season for us with a change of manager (the sacking of Alistair Edwards in December) and obviously a young team, which didn’t have that week to week consistency.

'Obviously when you are not getting the results you want it hurts and I would love the chance to stay on and play my part in bringing better times to the club next year.

'For me, it’s not about money. If it was I would not have come to Australia in the first place.

'For me it’s about the passion to play the game. If that’s still there, then why would you want to stop?

'I have a winning mentality and it was difficult at times but we can turn things around in the future for sure – but it’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment.

'Players have to make sacrifices and I think with my experience I can help guide a lot of the younger guys and give them some directions and hopefully help them improve their games a little."

Gallas said if Glory is to recapture the prowess, which took it to the grand final two years ago, players have to take it upon themselves to put in the extra time necessary to be the best.

'It’s not enough just to turn up for training for a couple of hours then head home," he said.

'The younger players particularly need to have that hunger and be prepared to do extra work to make themselves and the club a success.

'It’s those little things that make the difference. They have to do more than what is expected of them. They need that winning attitude.

'I would like to play my part in helping to instil that because there’s a lot of potential at this club and what we produced this season wasn’t enough and was a big disappointment to all of us."

Gallas sees no reason why he can’t continue to flourish physically as he pushes the boundaries of his career.

'I think I finished the season in very good shape – and the body is still responding – then why walk away from football?," he said.

'I have been impressed with the A-League and I want to see it keep growing "¦ that can happen when you have players like Alessandro Del Piero, Shinji Ono and Emile Heskey coming here.

'It’s a competition that will attract players who want to give something to game here and have that sense of adventure. Players who put that ahead of just money."

Buddy Farah, the agent who brought Gallas to Glory, said: 'William has a lot still to offer as a player and also in mentoring role and he is not driven my money – more by sheer professionalism and a hunger to keep performing at a good level.

'For me, Glory keeping him is really a no-brainer."