Western Sydney Wanderers FC have tonight confirmed the signing of midfielder Oli Bozanic for the next two Isuzu UTE A-League seasons.
The former Socceroo arrives in Western Sydney for the first time since his junior representative football days, having played for the likes of Parramatta Eagles and Blacktown City Demons.
Bozanic’s senior career kicked off in 2006 and has spanned the globe with notable stints at Luzern in Switzerland, Ventforet Kofu in Japan, Heart of Midlothian in Scotland as well as loan spells at Working, Cheltenham Town and Aldershot Town during his four-year deal at Reading FC in the United Kingdom.
The midfielder is set to play in his tenth season of the A-Leagues with the Red & Black this season and has won all three titles – the Premiership, Championship and Australia Cup during his times at Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory.
Head coach Mark Rudan welcomed Bozanic to the club.
“Oli is a true professional and we are delighted that he has made the move to Western Sydney for the first time in his senior career,” said Rudan.
“Oli brings more than just experience to our squad this season. He has a winning mentality, and his values and ambitions align directly with what we are trying to achieve at the club.
“He (Oli) is a natural leader and is a fantastic role model for the next generation of Wanderers.”
Bozanic said he was eager to be part of building a successful culture at the club.
“I’m a hard-working player and I have ambitions to succeed at every club I’m at,” said Bozanic.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in England, Scotland, Japan and Switzerland so I’ve had a lot of experience in those countries and that helps me playing here in Australia.
“I hope that I can be part of a successful club and culture that is building for the next season.
“I haven’t spent much time in Western Sydney since then (junior representative football days), but it has changed a lot. It’s great to see a facility like Wanderers Football Park in this area. It’s the best facility I’ve seen in a long time so I’m looking forward to getting started here.”