Matt Jurman has been on the other side of the fence and now he is ready to get a taste of what it is like to have the full force of the Wanderers faithful behind him.
One of a number of exciting new signings for the Red & Black during the pre-season, Jurman has been putting in the hard yards at training since arriving just three weeks ago at the club after a stint in the Middle East.
Understandably, his connection with his former Hyundai A-League club has been the focus of a lot of media attention.
“The Sydney Derby is another level in terms of the intensity and atmosphere. Obviously I have been on the other side, but I am looking forward to playing at Bankwest Stadium for the whole season and having the support here,” Jurman said.
“To have my family and friends there will be special. Most of my friends follow the Wanderers.”
But it’s first things first for the Socceroo.
“We have the (Central Coast) Mariners in the first game (12 October), that is the main focus for us,” said Jurman.
“We are looking to get a win in our first game back at home and that will kick start us for the rest of the season.”
Jurman said he has settled in well in his new surroundings and could not be happier to be at the Red & Black this season.
“It has been good. All the boys are great and we get along really well – it was the first thing that struck me when I got here,” noted Jurman.
“Training has been good and there is a lot of intensity. I think we will get better and better as the season goes on.”
With plenty of Hyundai A-League expereince as well as having played overseas, Jurman is set to be an invaluable asset in the Wanderers defence.
“I think I will bring experience, determination and the will to win,” Jurman reflected.
“I will play every game like I want to win and, hopefully, that rubs off on the rest of players and makes sure we are up for every game.
“Every game we will need all 11 and the bench to be ready to put in everything because everyone will be needed to make sure we are lifting trophies end the of the season.”