A report in the Daily Telegraph has confirmed the signings of Shannon Cole, Michael Beauchamp and Mark Bridge for Western Sydney Wanderers
The three ex-Sydney FC players signed with the club and were photographed ahead of their training session, said to be Monday.
All three western Sydney products - Michael Beauchamp, midfielder Shannon Cole and striker Mark Bridge - wore the Wanderers red and black hoops
yesterday for the first time before beginning pre-season training on Monday.
Bridge was quick to fan the flames of the fledgling rivalry between the A-League's newest club and Sydney FC, saying he wants his defection to the western suburbs to help create an explosive rivalry with his former club.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley has also been confirmed as a signing for the club in an interview with the Canberra Times
A chance to learn from former Socceroo Tony Popovic was too good for Nikolai Topor-Stanley to ignore.
The Canberra product has put his messy exit from the Newcastle Jets behind him and will today be announced as one of four additions to Popovic's inaugural Western Sydney Wanderers squad.
I think I've made my views on Bridge perfectly clear in the past, but now he has signed for the club it is our duty to support him and to give him a chance to perform.
Shannon Cole has a lot of A-League experience, and if coached correctly will hopefully re-add his devastating set pieces for the club.
Michael Beauchamp and Nikolai Topor-Stanley are a solid central defensive pairing, but one that will be vulnerable to pace from opposition attack.
It appears that Popovic has decided to bring a core of A-League experienced players in to form the core of the squad. This strategy should ensure the club is competitive from the start.
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