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Rhys Williams standoff not awkward: Glory

NZN 13/01/2017 Justin Chadwick

Perth coach Kenny Lowe insists he doesn't have a personality clash with Rhys Williams, saying the former Socceroo isn't being disruptive despite his tense standoff with the club.

Williams is desperate to join Sydney FC during the transfer window, but the Glory are refusing to release him to a rival A-League club.

Mediation talks on Tuesday had failed to resolve the issue, but Lowe insists the situation isn't awkward or untenable.

When asked if a personality clash existed between him and Williams, Lowe replied: "None whatsoever.

"He conducts himself in a professional way to a certain extent.

"It's not as though you go around throwing your toys out of the pram or being disruptive or disrespectful or devious. That's not the case.

"We've got a professional relationship and we do that in the right way.

"We've got 23 players in the group and not everyone is going to see eye to eye.

"I bet in your office there's people you won't like and don't get on with, but you still deal with them."

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has grown increasingly frustrated at the Glory's unwillingness to budge on the Williams saga.

Arnold said he would love to have Williams in his side, describing the former Australian representative as a "national team player".

But Lowe doesn't care about Arnold's wishlist.

"I'd love Ronaldo. But hey, sometimes you don't get what you want in life," Lowe said.

Williams, dropped to the Glory youth team, hasn't been selected for Sunday's clash with the Jets in Newcastle.

The Glory were dealt a huge blow this week when star defender Josh Risdon turned down a lucrative two-year contract extension.

Risdon harbours dreams of playing in Europe, but it's believed there aren't any options open to him there, and he will join Western Sydney next season.

Lowe said the door would always be open for Risdon to return to the Glory.

"Everyone loves Rizzo," Lowe said.

"He's been MVP, Socceroos, All Star team, played in finals, captain - just a top guy.

"I've got kids the same age as Riz and I know what they want to do - they want to go on a bit of adventure and enjoy the opportunities they have.

"I think Rizzo is really setting his heart on Europe and I think, by all accounts apparently, that door's closed.

"So I think he's just re-evaluated his options and, from that, he's then made a decision."

the Glory have risen to fifth on the table following two draws and a win in their past three games.

The Jets are just one point further back in sixth.

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