Beauchamp eager to kick off

Western Sydney Wanderers FC head coach Tony Popovic is putting the burgeoning squad through their paces in pre-season training, according to Michael Beauchamp, and the defender can’t wait to pull on the red and black.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC head coach Tony Popovic is putting the burgeoning squad through their paces in pre-season training, according to Michael Beauchamp, and the defender can-t wait to pull on the red and black.

Beauchamp forms part of Wanderers FC-s inaugural back line, and the centreback said his new coach is working his confirmed players and triallists hard in preparation for the club-s first game - a pre-season friendly against Nepean FC next Wednesday.

“I-m improving each week,” Beauchamp said. “The sessions have been really hard, which is what you expect in pre-season but I-m enjoying it. Every time I come into training I-m looking forward to the session - not so much the running ones but overall I-m really enjoying it.

“The triallists that have come in have been putting in the effort you-d expect, everyone-s fighting for a position, everyone-s been very positive and ready to go 100 per cent.”

Beauchamp, 31, is also working hard to form a successful partnership with fellow centreback Nikolai Topor-Stanley, and he said the Wanderers FC squad is starting to come together as players look to earn a starting berth in that historic first match - with Beauchamp eager for his first start for the club.

“I hope so. It-s up to the boss who he wants out there, there are still a few boys trialling but I-m certainly putting my hand up for the game

“Obviously we still have a fair way to go until the season begins but we-re definitely working on the defensive side of things.

“I hated marking Nikolai on corners so I-m looking forward to having him on my team now. He-s a big boy; I-m looking forward to creating a strong partnership with him.

“The boss has his ideas about the game and everyone believes in it; I think each session we-re getting better and understanding more.”

Western Sydney Wanderers FC kick off their pre-season games against Nepean FC, next Wednesday, July 25, kicking off at 7:30pm at Cook Park, St Marys.

The club then face Blacktown City on August 8 at Lilly Homes Stadium, Blacktown.