Popovic Happy with Progress

Coach Tony Popovic is happy with where the squad is at currently but realises there is still a lot of work that needs to be done prior to the Wanderers first match in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday, 6 October.

Coach Tony Popovic is happy with where the squad is at currently but realises there is still a lot of work that needs to be done prior to the Wanderers first match in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday, 6 October.

Popovic believes the squad is being pieced together nicely and he isn-t in a rush to finalise the squad.

“Progress is slow but we-re going step by step,” he said. “We-ll integrate the new players as they sign but overall I-m happy with the progress.

“There is no real time limit on it but we hope to have a few more added by the end of August, we-re looking at a number of people and if they come off it will definitely be a bonus,” he added.

The former Socceroo is confident that he is getting the balance right amongst the group of players.

“It-s always a challenge getting that balance right,” he said. “We have a number of strategies in place and I-m happy with the mixture of youth and experience currently in the squad.”

Popovic this week added his first two foreign imports to the squad, Dino Kresinger and Mateo Poljak, and said it will take to for them to adjust.

“They are both obviously professional players but they have travelled a long way so we-ve eased them into this week and given them time to adjust, but over the next few weeks we will raise their training load and get them up to speed with the rest of the squad.”