What The Papers Say: First day back

With the transfer period and pre-season well and truly underway, some new faces have joined the club along with a lost list of speculation regarding who will soon be wearing the Red & Black.

Monday’s Newcastle Herald discussed the signing of Lachlan Jackson from Brisbane Roar and a certain Jets player who trialed at the club on Monday.
 
Meanwhile, discarded home-grown former Jets winger James Virgili will begin a trial with Western Sydney Wanderers on Monday.
 
News of the trial offer come after a report speculating [Jets coach] Miller was interested in bringing Virgili and centre back Adrian Madaschi back to the Jets.

 
Remember folks that wswanderersfc.com.au will be the first to confirm any new signings.
 
On Tuesday, Penrith Press spoke to Wanderer Andrew Redmayne and his feelings about playing for the Wanderers and closer to family.
 
“It is a massive plus that I’ve got so much family in the Western Sydney region near Emu Plains with aunties, uncles and cousins all out here.
 
“All of mum’s side of the family live out here and have been for a really long time.
 
“It’s going to be great having them in the crowd. I know mum will come to every game, she was rapt when I signed here.”
 
His aunt Fran McDaid shared similar sentiments.
 
“It’s wonderful to have him so close and we’re looking forward to being able to spend more time with him and heading out to some of his home games.
 
Redmayne is excited for the challenge of playing for the Red & Black
 
“I’m looking forward to a good culture in the club which is what brought me here.
 
“They are an hardworking team, an honest team and a well-structured team, and being closer to family was a main plus as well.
 
“It will be fantastic to play with the support of the Western Sydney fans, they are the benchmark, so it will be great to have them behind you not against you.”

 
Good to hear you’ve finally followed your family to see the light and come to the Red & Black Andy!
 
Media coverage continued throughout the week with the Wanderers appointment of Andres Carrasco as Assistant Coach spawning more articles as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.
 
Carrasco began with Barcelona’s under-8s in 1998 and worked his way though the age levels to the under-15s, only leaving to become Alex Garcia’s assistant manager at Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia in 2011.
 
He then spent time coaching the under-17 side at La Liga club Malaga, taking them to the national championship.
 
He was then lured back to Georgia to become academy director at FC Saburtalo, before returning to Spain for his most recent job, on the coaching staff of second division side Sabadell CF.

 
You can get to know our new Assistant Coach better with our five fun facts about him.
 
The Liverpool Leader promoted the Wanderers upcoming player appearance this Saturday at Liverpool Westfield.
 
The Western Sydney Wanderers are heading to Westfield Liverpool this Saturday for the 2015/16 A-League team’s first major community appearance.
 
The club’s players will be at the centre court on level two outside Myer for an hour from 12.30 for a fan meet-and-greet.
 
The players, including captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley, will sign football gear for the first 200 fans.
 
A lucky 30 children who won a skills competition in May will be part of a coaching clinic before the signing on the day.

 
For more information on the meet and greet click here.
 
Thursday was the club’s first official day of pre-season and the day kicked off with some interviews with the Wanderers latest recruits Andreu and Scott Neville.
 
Andreu addressed the media for the first time since his arrival in Australia according to The World Game.
 
A 30 minute phone call was all it took to make a winning impression on the Catalan, who has signed a one-year deal with the Red and Blacks.
 
"Popovic is a very positive person, a hard-worker and he knows a lot about football," Andreu said.
 
"He was checking my last games, he checks everything about the players and their previous clubs."
 
A product of Barcelona's famed La Masia youth academy, Andreu has played for a number of clubs across Spain including Malaga CF, Sporting Gijon and second division side Racing Santander.

 
Also on the first day back, Scott Neville discussed his enthusiasm for starting to train and the reason why he joined to the Wanderers in the Sydney Morning Herald.
 
"Today was the first time "Popa" [coach Tony Popovic] had us all in and had a chat to us about what his expectations are and it was really refreshing. I just can't wait to get started under his guidance and the rest of the coaching staff," Neville said.
 
"Half the reason you come here is because it's one of the biggest clubs, if not the biggest in the league and the fans are the most passionate. Something that I'm really looking forward to doing is putting on the red and black shirt."
 
A notoriously hard taskmaster, Popovic knows only one way to drive players: brutal sessions, no excuses. It's not for the faint-hearted but Neville says he'll "love" it.

 
We wonder if he actually did love training in yesterday’s arctic vortex.
 
That is all for this week’s edition of What the Papers Say and just a friendly reminder that any transfer deals or player signings, will always be confirmed first here at wswanderersfc.com.au