Western Sydney Wanderers unveil first signings
The A-League's newest team Western Sydney Wanderers FC announced their first player signings on Monday in their build-up to the new season which will start in October.
Wanderers foundation coach Tony Popovic unveiled midfielder Aaron Mooy from Scottish side St Mirren, former Newcastle Jets captain Tarek Elrich and local player Kwabena Appiah-Kubi at an official club announcement.
"There are local players from the west which is great and it's something we're really trying to do here at Western Sydney, sign players everyone out here will be able to engage with," Popovic said.
More player signings will be announced in the coming weeks as former Socceroo defender Popovic assembles his squad from scratch. The team's colours of striped black, white and red along with the club logo were decided upon after community engagement in fan forums and online surveys.
Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman said some of the side's home games will be staged at Parramatta Stadium, with Campbelltown Stadium and Penrith Stadium other potential venues.
The new team will represent an area where prominent past and present Socceroos such as Mark Schwarzer, Harry Kewell, Brett Emerton, Tim Cahill, Paul Okon and Mark Bosnich started out in junior football.
The new club replaced Gold Coast United, who were axed from the A-League in April. Western Sydney's first match will be at home to Central Coast Mariners on 6 October.