Former Premier League midfielder Jordon Mutch has finally touched down in Western Sydney after spending two long weeks in hotel quarantine.
Mutch linked up with the Wanderers squad at the start of the week and has already participated in his first few sessions with the club.
“Obviously, I’m delighted to get out of quarantine. It was just the excitement of getting out on the pitch,” said Mutch.
“I’ve had three or four sessions now so I’m really just excited to go on the pitch and get back to playing.
“I’m excited to get back to full fitness as soon as I can and be available to play.”T
This season with the Wanderers will mark the second time Mutch has played under head coach Carl Robinson having previously played under him at Vancouver Whitecaps.
Mutch joined the Wanderers from a recent stint at top-flight Norwegian side Aalesunds FK and comes down under thanks to a special relationship with the manager.
“I just really enjoyed playing with him (head coach Carl Robinson), he got the best out of me,” explained Mutch.
“It was just the excitement to work with someone that you know, knows you well.“(Robinson) knows you as a player and as a person, and I know that he can get the best out of me.”
The former Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Cardiff City, and Watford midfielder brings a wealth of experience and a winning mentality to the Wanderers having won the Championship and League Cup, as well as a runner up for the FA Cup and Canadian Championship.
Mutch has amassed over 200 professional appearances and has played close to 80 matches in the Premier League.
"Obviously, in England there’s a lot of games on TV,” said Mutch.
“I’ve seen a lot of the games on Friday and Saturday morning’s as the games are on live.
“So I’ve followed it quite a bit, I’ve had friends who have played over here and speaking to the manager and he was telling me all about Western Sydney.
“The facilities, the stadium, it’s really exciting to be at a club like this that wants to challenge for titles.
“That want to be back in the Asian Champions League and challenge for titles there.
“It’s exciting for me to be at a club that wants to challenge for those things and be at the top of the league.”
Mutch has only spent a few days with the Wanderers squad but is already gelling well with his new teammates, some that he already knew from his experiences overseas.
“The boys have been great. Obviously I know Bernie (Ibini) from Vancouver, and I’ve played against Dozza (Graham Dorrans and Coxy (Simon Cox) in England,” said Mutch.
“It’s been easy to settle in, it’s a real good bunch of lads.
“The coaching staff have been brilliant, so it’s been really good. I’m excited to get involved now in the action.”
It’s only a matter of time now until Mutch is thrown into the action and Wanderers fans can expect to see some creativity and cracking goals from the experienced midfielder.
“I’m a player that wants to give 100% every game, I think I can bring a lot of creativity to the team," said Mutch.
“I love to get on the ball, I love to make things happen.
“Hopefully with regular playing time I can score some goals which I love to do.”