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  • I have pondered the question of exactly where our players are going to come from. Who they are. What options are available on the market right now.

     

    As such I have taken some time to draw up a list of players I think could be brought in to start this team.

     

    To the best of my knowledge these players are all off contract.

     

    Goalkeeper

    There is in my opinion one name that should be the #1 signing for the new club. Mark Birighitti. With the ongoing Newcastle debacle, his pre-contract has been terminated and he is free to look for other clubs. I believe if signed to a long-term contract and given the #1 shirt that he is a player that could provide the club with a positive transfer in the future. In the same way as Langerak did for Melbourne Victory.

     

    Reece Crowther would be another good signing, a local junior he would provide solid competition for the first team position.

     

    Defence

    To start off, Pedj Bojic would be a great signing. He is a tireless defender who has the ability to get up and down the pitch all game long. He has played for Parramatta Power and Sydney Olympic as well as already working in Sydney as a personal trainer, it could make sense for him to join the team.

     

    Anyone whowatches Michael Thwaite can see the passion that he brings to any club. He wears his heart on his sleeve and never gives up. He is a born leader, and one that our players can take inspiration from.

     

    Mario Šimić has been given little opportunity at the Newcastle Jets. Left back is often a problem position, and one that many clubs choose to head overseas to fill. Mario could provide depth and competition to any player picked ahead of him.

     

    Tarek Elrich grew up in Western Sydney, and has gained a lot of A-League experience in his time at Newcastle. Rarely misses games through injury, which is something a new club can ill afford.

     

    Antony Golec is another West Sydney product, having come through the Sydney United youth system. Another player who has had a lack of opportunity, if stationed alongside an experienced player it could enable Antony to make the most of the potential many see in him.

     

    Midfield

    In almost any formation one player is needed with steel and determination, a midfield destroyer. Kasey Wehrman has never had his toughness or desire challenged, and may be looking for a new challenge after events at Newcastle put his future into doubt.

     

    On the other side of the coin you have the spark on attack, players you look to unlock defences and promote the ball to the strikers. One of Australia's hottest talents in this area is Tom Rogić. He is likely to be on the shopping list of many teams, that may not be limited to Australian teams, so any move is going to have to be quick.

     

    Ali Abbas is now a naturalised Australian citizen. Having first joined Marconi he is no stranger to Western Sydney. A fast quick winger who can get behind defences and whip in crosses he could be very useful to the new team.

     

    Forwards

    Like Ali Abbas, Labinot Haliti is an immigrant to Australia, and another player who had their talent recognised by West Sydney teams. In this case, it was Sydney Olympic and Sydney United where he found his way as a player before eventually reaching Newcastle. His personality could be a drawcard.

     

    Foreign Players

    Despite having a free slate and the world to look for players, there are those who have played in Australia or are in Australia but set to end contracts.

     

    Alex Terra was a fan favourite in Melbourne with his quick and exciting play, including several spectacular overhead kicks. He was surprisingly cut from the Melbourne Heart squad, and if the team looks to play fast football he is a player that could easily fit into that.

     

    Andrezinho provided a vital point of differentiation to an otherwise stoic Perth Glory squad. If the price is right, he could provide a very good pickup on the left wing.

     

    Marcos Flores is the 2010/11 Johnny Warren Medal winner, and provided Adelaide with an incredibly potent attacking playmaker. Despite being on contract in China, it has been reported that he is unhappy there and could be lured back to Australia. If signed he would provide an x-factor to the team that could win them any game as well as enabling the patrons to see his silky skills.

     

    These are by no means the only players available. Others that could join include Ante Rozic, Adnan, Ben Halloran, and I'm sure there will be more names spotted.

     

    This also doesn't include the players that will surely come from the various Western Sydney state leagues.

     

    Tell me what you think.

    The FFA have announced the sixth in a series of community meetings to be held regarding the new Western Sydney A-League team.

     

    The sixth meeting is to be held at Wests Leagues Club on Tuesday 1st May 2012

     

    Time 7:30-9:30pm.

     

    The meeting will involve discussions around the team name, colours, logo and culture.



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