Traore repaying the faith

Defender Adama Traore is ready to give everything he’s got this upcoming A-Leagues season.

One of the stalwarts of the domestic competition with over 180 appearances to his name, Traore has experienced both the highs and lows of club football.

Having spent last season with the Red & Black, Traore featured in almost every single match under head coach Mark Rudan and during that time built a special bond with him.

“I’ve had many coaches, but Mark Rudan (head coach) is a special one because for him it doesn’t matter your age, you can still improve and if you are willing to improve he will help you a lot,” said Traore.

“The door is always open and he’s the kind of guy that he’s very hard working, very motivated and that’s very important.

“So he’s hungry for success and I think it’s very important in coaches and you don’t find that in many people.

“He likes to improve players, he likes to succeed and to do it for the West.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 28: Adama Traore of the Wanderers runs with the ball during the A-League match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Newcastle Jets at CommBank Stadium, on November 28, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

For Traore, it’s the trust in his relationship with Rudan that he hopes to repay this season at the Red & Black.

“For me, it’s trust, he trusts me and every time on the park I try to pay that trust back,” explained Traore.

“I believe that when the coach puts you on the pitch, he believes that you can bring something to help the team get some points or win a game.

“For me, I try every game to pay that trust back.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 05: Adama Traore of the Wanderers is challenged by Ben Waine of the Phoenix during the A-League Mens match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at CommBank Stadium, on May 05, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

With the Wanderers set to kick off their campaign for the upcoming A-Leagues season in just over 40 days, Traore hopes that his on field performances will bring the Western Sydney community together to celebrate.

“I think it’s important to appreciate the support of our members and fans because they have been part of this club since the beginning until now,” said Traore.

“We can only thank them for the support throughout the bad and good moments.

“Hopefully at the end of the season we can laugh, smile and celebrate together.”

Wanderers Membership goes on sale on 1 September 2022.