Inaugural Western Sydney Wanderers FC coach Tony Popovic has revealed club’s first three player signings - western Sydney products, Aaron Mooy, Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC was today officially unveiled as the Hyundai A-League’s newest club at a media launch at Parramatta Stadium.
Mooy joins the club on his return to Australia after three years in the United Kingdom. The attacking midfielder joined Bolton Wanderers as a youth player, before spending two years gaining valuable first-team experience with Scottish Premier League side St Mirren.
Elrich is well known to Hyundai A-League fans after six years with the Newcastle Jets, and the attack-minded right-back will bring plenty of local experience to the Wanderers defence.
Kwabena Appiah-Kubi is perhaps the least known of the three players but the lightning fast striker, who came through the ranks at Parramatta and then Central Coast Mariners, looks set to bring plenty of excitement and potential to the Wanderers attack.
Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman said today’s announcement was a landmark occasion for western Sydney, for the game of football and for Australian sport.
“The arrival of the Wanderers in the Hyundai A-League is a truly monumental event,” said Gorman.
“Football’s heartland will have its own team in the national competition.
“The sons and daughters of western Sydney’s rich football heritage will get to represent their region on the national stage and beyond across Asia and the world.
“Even more important is that this club will be different – it will be powered by the proud people of the west.”