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  • This afternoon I participated in a phone call with FFA staff member Robert Squillacioti.

     

    It lasted about 40 minutes and covered a variety of topics.

     

    I hope to cover them all, apologies if I forget anything.

     

    First up, after being bombarded with requests from the members, I have secured a facebook 'like' for our facebook page by the New Sydney Club facebook.

     

    The first part of the meeting was about this site and it's members. I gave information on the way this site started, our membership numbers and other general statistics. I made mention of the way our members have become known to each other through the supporter forums and how this process is going to continue.

     

    I spoke about how the site has two main aspects to it. The first being a general discussion forum for the club itself, and the second that we have members who are organising to active support as well.

     

    I then spoke about the feeling around the club itself. It is very positive right now, and that the FFA are engaging the supporters in the West that Sydney FC have not.

     

    We discussed the survey being launched right now, I believe it is up to around 4,000 completed entries. As requested I asked about the 'security' of the survey answers. The sheer numbers of responses will mean any attempt at 'hijacking' is going to have no effectiveness at all.

     

    Despite it being early days since the survey launched, the current trend in the survey is the way that the supporter forums have gone. Traditional names, colours being Black & Red and so on. This is no guarantee however, as the numbers could always swing back later.

     

    As prompted by many, I discussed the question of what influence the Western Front group have with the FFA. The reply is they have no affiliation at all and have the same status as we do as being unofficial supporter groups. Any 'influence' will be based around the numbers the groups have involved and what those groups are involved with in regards to the support.

     

    Discussion took place in regards to the home ground. As always, I stated my strong objections to games being played at ANZ. Now I understand that commercial considerations may require some games to be played there. I put forward a viewpoint that 1 derby game could be played there as a 'neutral' venue, and 1 game against Melbourne Victory could be played at ANZ when Harry Kewell first returns to Sydney assuming he stays with Melbourne Victory.

     

    I also put forward the idea that Harry Kewell should be contacted and asked about support for the club itself, and potentially to play with the club next season or the season after next.

     

    I was asked about community ownership/fan share in relation to this site. Our site has not made any attempt at this, and is unlikely to do so at all in the near future. I believe the FFA have the resources and knowledge to be able to create a community ownership type model for the club without needing the supporters to actively take up that job. I have no objections to anyone from the community here doing it themselves, but the work involved seems quite extensive and not something I have any experience in.

     

    After the phone call was over I sent through a document to the FFA outlining several issues, concerns and questions our members have had.

     

    If I can make it to the next two supporter forums I will be again making contact with the FFA, and if not I will always have the line open so to speak, to pass anything on to the FFA that I or other members come up with.

    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.



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