Western Sydney Wanderers have added Socceroos defender Matthew Spiranovic to their squad for the upcoming A-League season. The defender joins the Wanderers from Qatari club Al Alrabi.
Spiranovic explained his reasons for joining the club, “I was here for two weeks training with the team and I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, got a bit of a taste for the club and was keen to come back,” he said
“I’ve heard unbelievable things about the Wanderers fan base and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of such great supporters”.
The 16 cap international believes his move to the Wanderers will give him an opportunity to make the Socceroos squad for next years World Cup in Brazil.
“It’s a good league and I think it’s the ideal preparation if I want to go to the World Cup”, he said.
Coach Tony Popovic said “a very exciting signing and adds a lot of depth in our squad”.
Wanderers now have three centre backs that will allow Popovic to rotate them between A-League and ACL commitments.
“To do well in both competitions this year we need that depth,” he said.
Spiranovic’s signing also allows Popovic to potentially make tactical changes between playing three at the back or the traditional four at that back that was utilized last season.
Having played in Japan and Qatar the defender will also bring valuable Asian experience to the squad and an aerial threat from set pieces.
This is a very good signing and will improve the already solid defence the Wanderers boast. His international and Asian experience will be vital for the club’s tilt at domestic and continental silverware.