Wanderers ready for silverware after bumper off season

Wanderers ready for silverware after bumper off season

Tony Popovic is an enigma, that much is clear, just when you think the old cat has used up the last of his lives he pulls out a pearler of an off season on and off the pitch.

Our recruitment has been fantastic, the yearly cull not as drastic as in past seasons and with the deadwood well and truly trimmed.

Add to this a flurry of goals in pre season friendlies and Wanderers look like bonafide contenders on all fronts.

Since losing 1-3 credibly to a full strength Arsenal team on July the 15th, Popa has gone on a run of victories and importantly, clean sheets.

We have conceded just twice in the last 6 weeks, compare that to Redmayne’s reign of terror between the sticks last year and the contrast is stark.

We have dispatched Wellington Phoenix in the FFA Cup and Bentleigh Greens in a banana skin fixture in Victoria as well.

In pre season friendlies we have flogged  Edgeworth and Brisbane Roar 4-0 and beaten Sydney United 4-1.

In the last week, we have beaten lower league opponents from Queensland dropping a goal in a 3-1 win over Brisbane City before picking up a 2-0 win over Moreton Bay.

Oriol Riera looks to be a real find and has his name popping up on the score sheet regularly to the delight of Wanderers fans desperate to celebrate another trophy.

That opportunity may well come as early as November if we can get past neighbours Blacktown City in the Red and Black derby.

The Quarter Finals blockbuster is the pick of the games and will be a major test for the team.

A Semi Final’s place beckons with only Adelaide and the winner between the Eastern mob and Melbourne City the real dangers.

I would love to see a Sydney Derby for the final, eternal bragging rights would come along with the Cup and we should not fear any challenge in this city we own.

Season 6 of the Wanderers is poised to be the most eagerly anticipated since 2014.

Memberships are over 15,000, marquees are signed to key areas, the spine of the squad remains and we aren’t fighting on 3 fronts.

You can’t ask for more than that.