Believe it or not but the season has arrived and we’re playing our first competitive match of the season on Tuesday.We’ve compiled the four most common questions we’re hearing from fans that will be answered when the team runs out at Campbelltown Stadium to take on the Phoenix in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
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1: Which keeper will come out on top?
With Jerrad Tyson’s return to the club, it means Andrew Redmayne has another battle on his hands to keep his spot between the sticks. Tyson has been handed the #1 jersey but that doesn’t mean much as shown last season with Dean Bouzanis not seeing a minute of action. Tyson has played three matches previously for the Wanderers and also started in the Westfield FFA Cup for Perth Glory last season until an early red card.
2: Will Jumpei play?
The Japanese forward is the most recent member to join the playing squad so fans have been wondering if he is ready to play. The attacking midfielder-turned winger has been training with the team in their Gold Coast camp so we’ll have to wait until Tuesday to see if our newest livewire will get the chance to light-up Campbelltown Stadium.
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While relatively unknown, Jumpei Kusukami is being touted by some as a direct replacement for Romeo Castelen with the video put out by the club giving some glimpses of what he is capable of.
3: Will we get our first glimpse of Lachlan Scott?
During the second half of last season a lot of talk in the stands centred around the emergence of a young striker by the name of Lachlan Scott. Scoring goals for fun in the Foxtel NYL, Scott really began to draw attention when he made his NPL debut for the club, scoring five goals off the bench.
Scott was invited to train with the Hyundai A-League squad soon after and has since signed a first-team contract with many fans eager to see how the blonde-haired centre forward holds his own against elite opposition. With some forwards from last season yet to be replaced, Campbelltown Stadium could very well be the venue where Scott makes his first team debut.
4: Are we ready?
The club is still relatively early in its pre-season and apart from a behind-closed-doors match being played against Brisbane Roar on Friday, the team hasn’t had much of a hit-out heading into the Westfield FFA Cup match against Wellington Phoenix.
Not that friendlies are necessary for success – just look at the Socceroos’ preparation before their Asian Cup win – fans are still hoping the Wanderers can burst out of the blocks in their opening match with a win: much like the club did last August against Brisbane Roar in the Round of 32.
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