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Beauchamp backing unified Wanderers

Michael Beauchamp says the bond formed in the establishment of Western Sydney will ensure they are competitive in their A-League debut.

The competition new-boys begin their season with a home clash against last year’s Premiers Plate winners Central Coast Mariners at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.

It is a tricky initiation for a side that has only been assembled in the last few months and have played just a handful of games together as a full squad.

But the club’s inaugural skipper Beauchamp is adamant the Wanderers will not be overawed by the challenge and believes their strong relationship will hold them in good stead.

Beauchamp said: “The unit as a whole is fantastic.

“In such a short space of time it’s great to see how everyone has come together and is really tight.

“Even the (European) boys have settled into Australian life and the team really well.

“It’s a credit to the boss for selecting players to fit those roles so easily.

“It seems that everyone has gelled so well. It’s been a long pre-season but the whole squad can’t wait for that first game against the Mariners on Saturday.”

Much of Beauchamp’s confidence comes from the way the side has been prepared under rookie coach Tony Popovic.

Asked about the message Popovic has been drumming into his players, Beauchamp said: “Basically not to leave anything out on the pitch.

“Even at training we’ve been going out there feeling after the session that we couldn’t give any more.

“That’s what he’s asking of the whole team on and off the park, and even with the staff he’s asking the same thing.

“That’s just the type of person he is, he’s a winner and he wants winners in his team and that’s what I feel we have in our squad.”

Thu 4 October, 2012
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