Wanderers promote 16-year-old Lopane

Western Sydney Wanderers FC are pleased to confirm the promotion of midfielder Alessandro Lopane on a two-year scholarship.

The 16-year-old has been part of the Wanderers Academy set-up for the last four years, playing up in age groups since joining the Academy.

A central midfielder, Lopane was part of the Wanderers squad that travelled to Japan last year to play in the Suruga Cup and has recently returned from a NSW-based Joeys camp.

Lopane said it was a dream come true to receive a scholarship contract from the Western Sydney Wanderers.

“Getting this scholarship at such a young age is such an achievement for me and my family. I’m so thankful to be in such a position at such a young age,” said Lopane.

“It inspires me seeing so many of us young kids growing up at the Wanderers to become men. We have great facilities here to help us be professional footballers.

“Waking up every day and just knowing that I could be training everyday now with the first team is such a dream come true. 

“I’m looking forward to starting training and being aside players like Keanu Baccus and Nicolai Muller, it’s such an achievement for me at such a young age. I just can’t wait to get started.”