New signing Kerem Bulut spent five minutes with wswanderersfc.com.au to have a chat about joining the Red & Black.How do you feel about signing for the Wanderers?
It’s very exciting to return to Western Sydney – I grew up in Auburn so I’m very much a Western Sydney boy. It’s also exciting to work with my old coach Popa, to come back home, to see my family and to play in front of the region where I grew up – it’s going to be a good feeling.
How are you fitting in?
I’m very familiar with a large number of teammates and coaching staff so I’m fitting in really well and don’t feel like an outsider at all.
I played with Antony Golec back in the Sydney United days and also in the Sydney FC youth team and there’s also Kearyn Baccus and Sam Gallaway from the Australian Institute of Sport where we played together.
Obviously I worked with Popa at Sydney FC but I’ve also worked with Assistant Coach Trevor Morgan from Westfield Sports High and Ron Corry at AIS. I also know Mark Bridge as we were at Sydney FC at the same time.
What do you hope to achieve at the Wanderers?
I’m here to work hard for the team and to work hard for Popa. I want to do well in the Champions League and if I manage to get a spot in the A-League squad I want to do well for the team in that competition too.
I’m 22, my career is just starting. I’ve had a little bit of a hurdle but at the moment I’m just looking to improve my game. I’m confident that will happen here; the Wanderers are a big club and a lot of players I know at the club have improved their game and I’m trying to achieve that both as an individual and as part of a team.
What’s the first step?
I’m going to work hard to get myself right and I’m with the best coaching staff to get my body ready. The next few weeks is all about just getting my head down so when I get onto the park I can do my job, score goals, help the team out and get some wins for the fans.