Thomas on homecoming

Goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas on finally making his return back to where it all started – Western Sydney.

Thomas is set to make the journey from Denmark to Western Sydney in the coming weeks, returning back to where it all started for him over 10 years ago.

The last two years have seen Thomas settled in Denmark where he has played regular football in the Danish SuperLiga with SønderjykE.

The keeper featured in every match of his first season at the club finishing runners up of the DBU Pokalen that year.

Reflecting on his time abroad, Thomas believes he has embraced the challenges that have come his way.

“It’s had everything to be honest,” said Thomas.

“The highs and lows of football, a new lifestyle and a completely different environment with lots of challenges that I enjoyed.”

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 16: Lawrence Thomas of Australia looks on during the warm up prior to the FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier final round Group B match between China and Australia at Sharjah Stadium on November 16, 2021 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images)

With the countdown now on until Thomas lands in the West, the talented shotstopper is already focused on making a real impact at the Red & Black over the next three seasons.

“(My goal) is to build the game,” said Thomas.

“I remember games at the old Parramatta Stadium with an incredible atmosphere.

“For me, Western Sydney has an abundance of talented footballers and I believe that the club has the responsibility to excite, motivate and inspire.

“The only way to do that is to give the area the best team in the country to watch every week.”

SAITAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 12: Lawrence Thomas of Australia warms up prior to the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier final round Group B match between Japan and Australia at Saitama Stadium on October 12, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images)

For Thomas, the next three seasons at the Wanderers isn’t just professional, it’s personal.

Having grown up around the corner from Wanderers Football Park, Thomas played for the likes of Winston Hills Bears, Marconi Stallions, Blacktown City and the Australian Institute of Sport before playing his senior football for Bankstown City.

It’s a homecoming for Thomas who is ready to make his mark.

“It’s quite surreal. Being a Toongabbie boy, the area has a very special place in my heart,” said Thomas.

“To be returning home to play fills me with great excitement and pride.”

With Thomas having all the values and principles for success, it’s an exciting time for the Red & Black who have kicked off their rebuild under Mark Rudan in Western Sydney fashion.