Elrich impressed by Mooy

NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers FC defender Tarek Elrich says he’s been very impressed by midfielder Aaron Mooy and is eager to get to know the midfielder in a competitive game.

NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers FC defender Tarek Elrich says he-s been very impressed by midfielder Aaron Mooy and is eager to get to know the midfielder in a competitive game.

Wanderers FC had their first run-out this week, a successful 5-0 victory against Nepean FC, and although it was only a friendly, Elrich says Mooy has already made an impression.

“It-s scary; he-s only 21 and a very exciting player. It wasn-t a great pitch [against Nepean] but he got that ball wide and into the areas he wanted it.

I-m looking forward to playing with him; it was the first time I got to witness what it was like playing with him in a proper match. I don-t want to put too much pressure on him but he-s a great player for us.”

In a big week for the Hyundai A-League-s newest club, culminating in the announcement of Parramatta Stadium as the club-s home venue and NRMA Insurance as major sponsor, Elrich says things are starting to come together on the field as well.

“We-ve been together three and a half weeks now, doing a lot of physical training but it-s good to put the stuff we-ve learnt in the past month out on the pitch and get a good start. It was a great turnout as well. It-s all new to me and the boys and we-re loving every minute of it.

“It wasn-t about being pretty; it was just to get minutes under our belt and working on what we do in training. Tony didn-t throw us in the deep end but every minute counts and will help us to be ready for the start of the season.”

Wanderers FC were also able to unveil their new away kit, a classy red-and-white hooped jersey by Nike, just as striking as the red-and-black home kit.

“I-m loving it,” Elrich says of the new kits. “Both look great - the hoops is something different but everyone-s had good things to say about our jerseys and it-s good to be the only team with Nike - it gives you an edge of the other clubs.

“And it-s good for Australian football - they-re looking after the Socceroos and an A-League club as well.”