Friday, February 07, 2003
Dwyer settles down and declares himself ready for big matchBy LOGANATH VELLOO
PENANG: Australian Geoff Dwyer has quashed worries in the Penang camp by declaring himself ready for the Charity Shield clash against Selangor at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan on Sunday.
There had been some fear that the 25-year-old central defender, who only arrived in the country last Thursday, would take some time to acclimatise and settle down with the rest of the squad.
However, Dwyer took to the Malaysian weather like fish to water and passed the test with flying colours after the three friendly matches played within the space of five days.
Not only did the Sydney-born defender fit in with ease in the heart of Penang's defence, he was also a big help in attack.
Dwyer found the net during the Panthers' 1-1 draw against Premier II club side Kelantan SKMK in Kota Baru last week.
Although I just arrived in the country last week, I did not feel any discomfort playing in the friendlies and have managed to forge a good understanding with the other players.
It was good to break the duck even before the start of the season with that goal in Kelantan. Although I am a defender, assisting the attack is not new for me as I have also played as a midfielder back in Sydney, said the former Parramatta Melita player.
He also had good words for his teammates.
They are hardworking players who distribute the ball well. However, I have not played a real competitive match here yet so I can't compare Penang with the other teams in the Premier I.
I have formed a good partnership with the captain (Chee Wan Hoe) in the defence and I am confident that good things will come my way with the Penang squad, said Dwyer, who quit his job as a designer in Australia to become a professional football player here.
It will be great if I can help Penang get silverware in just my first competitive match in Malaysia on Sunday. It'll be even greater to do it in front of the home fans.