Western Sydney Wanderers dressed for success

The Western Sydney Wanderers have unveiled their new home and away jerseys ahead of a packed 2014/15 season.

Hundreds of passionate Wanderers fans stood with the squad at Newington Armory to officially reveal the new Nike jerseys and mark the start of the team’s third season.

Wanderers forward Brendon Santalab said he couldn't wait to pull on the new kit.

‘‘I’m very happy, the away jersey looks fantastic,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a big change from the jersey we had and I’m sure we will look the part wearing them.’’

The major changes are to the Wanderers away strip, which sees the red and white stripes make way for a white jersey with subtle, lightly shaded stripes showing through.

The home jersey has more narrower stripes than the 2012 and 2013 kit.

The Wanderers pre-season has already begun in earnest, with games against Macarthur Rams, Canberra FC and Leichhardt Tigers FC in the bank.

Over the next couple of weeks preparation for A-League season 10 will also include some vital matches.

‘‘We’re looking forward to the season ahead and the FFA Cup as well, so there’s a lot happening at the moment, especially with the Asian Champions League quarter-final coming up,’’ Santalab said.

The FFA Cup round of 32 is under way and the Wanderers will be the big boys coming to town with an away trip to Adelaide City on Tuesday, August 12 for a one-off knockout bout.

The following Wednesday heralds the arrival of the Wanderers Asian Champions League quarter-final opponents, Guangzhou Evergrande, for the first leg of their two-match tie, followed by the away leg in China the next week.

The A-League, FFA Cup and Asian Champions League are all up for grabs, with a treble available.

Dressed to impress: Mateo Poljak, Iacopo La Rocca, Brendon Santalab, Tomi Juric model the new Wanderers playing strips. Photo: Nike

Dressed to impress: Mateo Poljak, Iacopo La Rocca, Brendon Santalab, Tomi Juric model the new Wanderers playing strips. Photo: Nike

‘‘If we could achieve the treble in our third year it’d be very, very special. We’ll definitely go for that,’’ Santalab said.

Santalab also talked about the general preparation of the team after a shorter than normal off-season this year.

New signings

The Wanderers have signed Brazilian creative player Vitor Saba and Dutch international wing Romeo Castelen as well as goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis.

"Vitor and Romeo have arrived and look very good and slotted into the team perfectly," said Santalab.

"Fans got a glimpse of Vitor against Macarthur [Rams] and I feel like he will be big for us. Romero hasn’t played yet but I feel like he will add something."

"Dean Bouzanis, at goalkeeper, has trained the hosue down and is playing well too."

When questioned about whether the new signings would mean changes to the Wanderers style, Santalab was adamant they all work to fit the club's needs.

"There are no hints on adjusting style, everything is quite the same. It all depends on what the coach wants it because at the end of the day he puts a structure in place and the players follow it," Santalab said.

Season goals

The Wanderers have lofty goals as a club, and the players as individual players also set goals to help keep motivated to achieve more.

"We set our personal goals every year, or I do. Being a striker it’s to score goals. It’s about winning the league as the main one, like in Europe," said Santalab.

"First past the post – you play all those games during the year and that is possibly bigger than the grand final."

"But in Australia the grand final is what it is, it’s a shame we missed out on it last year but we’ll give it another shot this year."

When asked to name a specific goal target for himself, Santalab laughed and said: "I don’t like to talk up my goals coring targets. I go about my business and work hard, I feel like then you reap the rewards and the goals will come."

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