Wanderers Exclusive: Hamill is Red & Black

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers today announced the signing of 21-year-old defender Brendan Hamill on a one year contract

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers today announced the signing of 21-year-old defender Brendan Hamill on a one year contract.

Following two years with K-League outfit Seongnam Ilhwa Hamill joins the Wanderers for the remainder of the 2014 AFC Champions League campaign and the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.

Born and raised in Chipping Norton, Hamill rose through the ranks of local teams Chipping Norton FC, Marconi, Parramatta Eagles before completing his apprenticeship in the NSW and Australian Institute of Sport programs.

At 21 Hamill has already had four seasons of professional football under his belt including 35 games in the Hyundai A-League with former club Melbourne City (Heart 2010-12) prior to spending two seasons in the K-League with Seongnam Ilhwa and Gangwon FC (loan).

“Brendan ticks a lot of boxes for us; he-s young, ambitious, from Western Sydney and can play across the backline,” said Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas.

“We-ve seen previously that he can perform in the A-League and following two seasons in Asia he will have matured as a player and as a man.”

A sturdy defender known for his fine positioning and commanding strength on and off the ball, Hamill will add to the Wanderers defensive stocks for the heavy 2014/15 schedule.

"As a local Western Sydney boy it means a lot to me to come back and play for the Wanderers, I grew up playing for a lot of the local sides in Western Sydney and to see how big the club is especially now with their incredible fans it is amazing to see the success the club has had, which is massive, and hopefully we can continue that,” said Hamill.

"I am looking forward to learning from Tony Popovic and the coaching staff here. Tony has played for the national team and over in England, he plays the same position as me so I am excited to learn as much as possible from him and be the best player I can be."

Follow Brendan on Twitter @bj_hamill

Having represented Australia at U17, U20 and U23 level, the 180cm stopper will be aiming to again prove his abilities at the elite level following a difficult final season in Korea after a knee injury.

Brendan Hamill joins Dean Bouzanis and Vitor Saba as the newest members of the Red & Black and takes the Western Sydney Wanderers roster for 2014/15 to 21.

Brendan Hamill Born: 18-Sep-92, Sydney Height/Weight:185cm/81kg Position:Defender Australian representative honours: U-17 - 2009 U-17 World Cup campaign qualifiers U-20 - 2009 U-20 World Cup campaign, 2011 U-20 World Cup (Colombia) U-23 - 2012 Olympic Games campaign qualifiers Junior clubs: Chipping Norton, Marconi, Parramatta Eagles, Sydney Wanderers Club career: 2009 Australian Institute of Sport 09/10 Australian Institute of Sport (NYL) 10/11 Melbourne Heart (Australia) 12a (0g) 11/12 Melbourne Heart (Australia) 23a (1g) 2012 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (South Korea) 8a (1g) 2013 Gangwon (South Korea) 0a (0g) (loan) 2014 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 0a (0g)

NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers Hyundai A-League squad for 2014/15 season: 1. Ante Covic, 2. Shannon Cole, 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 7. Labinot Haliti, 8. Mateo Poljak, 9. Tomi Juric, 11. Brendon Santalab, 13. Matthew Spiranovic, 14. Kwabena Appiah, 15. Yianni Perkatis, 18. Iacopo La Rocca, 19. Mark Bridge, 23. Jason Trifiro, 31. Alusine Fofanah, 32. Daniel Alessi, 33. Daniel Mullen, 34. Golgol Mebrahtu, 35. Antony Golec, Dean Bouzanis (number TBC), Vitor Saba (number TBC), Brendan Hamill (number TBC)