Wanderers secure young talent

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers are proud to officially announce the signing of three young talents: Jordan O’Doherty, Tass Mourdoukoutas and Tate Russell. 

Jordan O’Doherty, 20, joins the club for three seasons from Adelaide United where he played in 28 matches over two seasons with the club. 
 
The talented and pacey midfielder comes to the Red & Black with a wealth of senior experience, having made his senior debut at only 15 in Adelaide’s National Premier League.
 
O’Doherty says he’s excited to make his mark on the Hyundai A-League with the Wanderers and can’t wait to link up with the squad in the next couple of weeks. 
 
“Coming to the Wanderers is a good opportunity for me to be somewhere for three years and really try to do the best I can in the Hyundai A-League,” said O’Doherty. 
 
“I want to play in as many games as possible for the club and ultimately, I want to win trophies with the team.
 
“To be honest, I’ve always enjoyed watching the Wanderers members and fans more than any other in the league.
 
“They’ve brought a lot of excitement to the league and they’re the best in the league, so I’m looking forward to playing in front of them.”

Products of the Wanderers Academy both Mourdoukoutas and Russell have been prominent players in the club’s Foxtel Y-League and National Premier League sides.

Mourdoukoutas, 19, has been promoted to a two-year senior contract that will see him at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season.
 
The talented central defender joined the Academy from Sydney Olympic and has been selected on a number of occasions to play for the Young Socceroos. 
 
“I’m honoured to play for this club and I’m excited to get underway. It’s a really big moment for me,” explained Mourdoukoutas. 
 
“Like any other young player, I’d really like to set myself up in the club’s Hyundai A-League team and really make my mark.
 
“A new coach means a fresh start and especially with the pre-season coming up, it’s a good time for us to try to impress him. He (Markus Babbel) was a defender as well so there’s no better person for me to learn off."
 
Russell, 18, has been part of the Wanderers Academy system since late 2015 and has signed a two-year scholarship with the Red & Black. 
 
A defender with pace to burn, Russell was part of the Wanderers Foxtel Y-League Championship winning side and was humbled by the opportunity to spend more time playing for the club.
 
“It’s just good to see that the hard work has started to pay off and I’m really keen now to get better as a player,” said Russell.
 
“Coming through the Wanderers Academy system and learning off some of the older players has really helped develop my game.
 
“I’m looking forward to having a hard pre-season under our new head coach and I’m looking forward to having a great season with the club.”