Wanderers benefitting from Sydney’s scraps

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While the verdict on the benefit of Vedran Janjetovic’s signing won’t be in for sometime, what is clear is the past and continued success former Sky Blues have brought the red and black.

From the club’s first goal scorer, first captain and their one and only coach; Western Sydney Wanderers are no strangers to picking up Sydney FC scraps and turning them into golden acquisitions.

1. Mark Bridge

After 80 appearances with Sydney FC, Bridge made the move to Western Sydney for their inaugural season and won the red and black faithful over very quickly scoring their first ever goal, netting their first ever hat-trick and remains the club highest goal scorer. Finding the back of net 28 times in 95 appearances for the club, he easily bested the 17 goals he struck in Sydney colours to make his stint in Western Sydney a very successful one.

2+3. Michael Beauchamp & Nikolai Topor Stanley

The Wanderers inaugural centre back pairing and first two captains, Beauchamp and Topor-Stanley both had Sky Blue pasts. Beauchamp had made 28 appearances for Sydney FC right before his switch while Topor-Stanley played his first 14 A-League games with the club before stints with the Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets and ultimately the Wanderers. Both these defenders, though not without their faults, brought real strength and experience at the back for Western Sydney and their presence is still missed at times today.

4. Brendon Santalab

Like a fine wine, Santalab has just gotten better with age. At 34 years of age the affectionately known Santa is reaching new heights with the Wanderers. Netting just four goals across 23 games with Sydney FC across 2007-2009, Santalab has 24 goals to his name after 64 games in the red and black for a far superior goals to game ratio.

5. Shannon Cole

While perhaps never truly living up to his potential at Western Sydney, Cole’s signing has had its moments of success. There was of course his precise free-kick back in 2013 to salvage a 1-1 draw with Sydney FC and two precious goals in the Asian Champions League knockout stages in 2014.

6. Tony Popovic

While never wearing the red and black, as their one and only coach, Popovic has brought the Wanderers a surprising amount of success. Having played 27 games for Sydney FC where he also got a taste of coaching, Popovic has well and truly left his sky blue days behind him as he continues to bring Western Sydney success.

 

So while fans are rightly disgruntled about the signing of Janjetovic.

He could well be another piece of Sydney FC scrap turned into Wanderers gold.

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Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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