Ziggy Gordon feeling welcome in Wanderland

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More than 15,000 kilometres away from his native Scotland, Western Sydney Wanderers’ new recruit has never felt more at home.

Gordon hit the ground running in Parramatta, joining from Central Coast Mariners in December before making his club debut just two weeks later.

And the 27-year-old defender has made quick work of settling in with the Red & Black, scoring his first goal for the club in their recent 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets. So comfortable is Gordon right now, he has even set his sights on gaining Australian citizenship.

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“I’m very fortunate, everyone is really taking me in,” Gordon said.

“The other day someone mentioned to me that it feels like I’m part of the furniture at the Wanderers; as if I’ve been here the whole time. That’s always really good to hear.

“Ever since I came to Australia, I’ve felt so welcome in the community. I really feel like this is my home now. My family and I are very comfortable here, and we can definitely see ourselves settling down and creating a home in Australia.”

Gordon has joined fellow Scotsmen Graham Dorrans and Kenny Miller at Wanderland, but said he has felt an immediate connection with the whole team.

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“It’s obviously great to hear stories from back in Scotland and reminisce about things. But to be honest, all the Aussies at the club and the visa players from around the world have been just as welcoming as anybody.”

Given his seniority, Gordon is expected to be a walk-up starter at the Wanderers over the course of the season. Best known as a right-back, he said he is willing to play wherever he is needed.

“One of the reasons I came to the Wanderers was to challenge myself,” Gordon said.

“I know it’s a cliché, but wherever I have to play, it really makes no difference for me. Whether it’s right-back, centre-back, left-back, or even as part of a back three, it honestly doesn’t harm me.

“This is going to be a compressed season with lots of games in a short amount of time, so I think being able to play in a host of positions is where I can really help the team.”

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After his early goal helped Western Sydney to all three points against the Jets, Gordon can now look ahead to the first Sydney derby of the season on Saturday afternoon. He said the Wanderers expect to be very competitive this season.

“With the facilities, the backing, the community, the fans, the history – this club should be at the top of the league every single season,” he said.

“Where we end up is where we end up; games will take care of themselves. But we know that if we have the right attitude and find the right level of performance then we should have more than a good chance of winning every single game.”

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Jye Campbell
Journalism student at Western Sydney. Love my football (#lazoumance) and rugby league (#pantherpride). Advocate for FIFA Career Modes. Covering Western Sydney Wanderers in both A-League and W-League for the 2020/21 season.
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