Mathieu Cordier is ready to prove himself after his recent promotion to the Hyundai A-League team.
The versatile defender has been part of the Wanderers Academy since 2015 and is on a scholarship contract for the remainder of the season before being promoted to a senior contract next season.
The West Pymble junior has been a stalwart in both the Wanderers Academy's Foxtel Y-League and National Premier League sides and has dominated Young Socceroos selections for a number of years.
Wanderers members and fans have already had a taste of what Cordier is capable of, having made his senior debut for the club during the Red & Black's FFA Cup campaign last year.
But the work starts now, insists the youngster who has his sights set on learning the most he can in the senior team environment.
"I've been training with the first team for probably a month now and I have played in some of the pre-season friendly games, so I am just really grateful to finally get my first professional contract with the club," said Cordier.
"In saying that though, the hard work starts now. This is the first step in the right direction but I know there's still a lot of work to do. I'm happy that I've got a secure future at the club.
"It's a big step up and the requirements of a professional footballer aren't easy but it's what I love and what I want to do, so I'm really looking forward to keep on doing that at the Wanderers.
"Obviously, I'm excited for the new training facility and the new stadium and then looking forward to the rest of the Hyundai A-League season and the season to come.
"I just want to help the team in whatever way I can, make sure I'm training at my best and putting myself in content for the weekend's game."
Cordier has already been on the bench in almost all of the Wanderers Hyundai A-League matches in January and it is only a matter of time until Cordier is thrown into the action.
Having made his debut in the passionate Sydney Derby, there's no doubt that Cordier is primed and ready to go for whatever this season brings him.