Tarek Elrich is a player who has climbed to the mountain top of Australian club football,  winning an A-League title over 10 years ago with the Newcastle Jets, while also taking to the field over 250 times in the competition.

However, this seasons struggles with current outfit the Western Sydney Wanderers has seen the former Jet on the other side of the pendulum.

With 17 matches played so far this campaign, the Wanderers sit ninth in the league, accumulating just two victories in that stretch.

The Sydney outfit have not managed to take three points since December last year against the rock bottom Central Coast Mariners and it has rocked the entire football club and the Western Sydney area.

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“You can’t put one finger on it and say it’s the players fault or the coaches fault,” Elrich said.

“We go out there, we run for 90 minutes, we work hard.

“Losing is the worst, I come home and I can’t sleep at night because of the game, just constantly thinking about it.

“The next day after the game, the recovery is not fun believe me.

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“It’s been a very very tough season, it’s tough on the players, tough on the coaching staff, people in the office as well.

“Then you have the fans and also your family, for me the most important is family because you take it home with you and there the ones trying to cheer you up.”

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Elrich has featured in all the clubs games so far this term and the 32-year-old explained that the team has struggled to rectify their problems, but still remain committed to turning their dismal form around.

“I haven’t been involved in anything like it,” Elrich said.

“It’s a hard place to be, trying to dust yourself off every week and playing against teams who are playing for something and your trying to get results and turn your fortune around.

“Nothing changes, we aren’t looking too far ahead, we have a very important game against the Central Coast this week.

“We’ll do everything we can to try and win and get that confidence back in ourselves because we know we are better than where we are at the moment.”

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Though mentioning that he hasn’t experienced anything close to what the Wanderers are going through this term, Elrich discussed the shift in mentality and that there focus is now clear as day.

“When you sit down at the start of the season with the boys, you talk about your goals,” Elrich said.

“I’ve been involved in clubs that are like we have to finish top two, make the finals and we will reassess from there.

“You alter your goals based on the way your season is going and obviously when we got together this season it was no different, it was about making finals and being somewhere where we do belong, but then you reassess and now it’s just about getting a win.”

Feature image credit: Steve Christo

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