Labinot Haliti and Jason Trifiro have extended their stay at the Wanderers by another year each, signing to play the 2013/14 A-League and Asian Champions League season.
Haliti and Trifiro made 19 and 14 appearances respectively, most of which came off the bench. Haliti scored 5 goals including arguably the most important of the Premiership winning season with his 80th minute match-winner against the Central Coast Mariners.
The extension for Haliti would be no surprise to anyone, as he had a storming second half to the season. Including his goal against the Mariners he pushed the now released Joey Gibbs from the 2nd choice striker position, and with the release of Dino Kresinger it means Haliti is the incumbent first choice striker while club management scout the globe looking for additional forces up front.
Trifiro on the other hand would be somewhat of a surprise to many, his most notable addition to the Wanderers season was being red carded in the 2-0 loss at home against the Central Coast Mariners. The addition of Yianni Perkatis, who was preferred over Trifiro in two late season matches, and the signing of AIS youth prospect Josh Barresi put a big question mark on the continuation of Trifiro at Parramatta Stadium. His re-signing means the Wanderers have a 7 man midfield squad to take into next season, which could be seen as one too many in a squad lacking firepower at striker and depth on the wings as well as central defence.
This leaves the Wanderers with three squad position to utilise, one of which could be an Australian Marquee player.
The final piece of the puzzle in regards to the Wanderers current playing roster is the fate of Tahj Minniecon. There has been no announcement thus far on his status, either being released or re-signed. It could be that the Wanderers staff are waiting for him to recover fully from the foot injury that required major surgery and kept him to only 5 games early in the season.