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Oct 07, 2022   |  6:09PM AET

Wanderers crack 14,000 members on the eve of the new season

Wanderers crack 14,000 members on the eve of the new season

Head coach Marko Rudan on the Wanderers reaching the membership milestone on the eve of the new A-Leagues season.

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It has been a massive off-season for the Wanderers who have pressed reset and transformed what it means to be a football club both on and off the field.

Following three very disrupted years due to the global pandemic, the Wanderers returned to their roots this pre-season with dozens of community appearances and member events to reconnect and engage with the wider Western Sydney commuity.

Ahead of the Wanderers first A-Leagues match of the 2022/23 season this Sunday against Perth Glory, the Red & Black’s membership tally ticked to over 14,000 members which head coach Marko Rudan believes is an incredible effort by the region.

“What’s more relevant here is the amount of work that goes on
behind-the-scenes here to ensure that we did reach that number,” said Rudan.

“And let me tell you, they’re really mindful of what their roles are at the club and they’re very enthusiastic and work extremely hard. But they’re motivated to do more and have a higher mark as far as they’re concerned.

“Expectations are high and to reach 14,000 members at this time of the season is a remarkable effort and that’s a credit to all the members who are existing, who have have renewed, and all the new ones as well.”

The Wanderers won’t be settling at 14,000 with Marko Rudan setting his targets high off the pitch.

“But we want more members and through our actions on the pitch and the way we behave off the pitch, it’s going to ensure that we reach our mark that we as a club, starting from our CEO Scott Hudson has set,” explained Rudan.

“We’ve all decided to play our part. This means a lot of community work for the players and getting our names out there, making sure we talk about who we are and who we represent and what we’re all about.

“I keep saying that we are just an extension of them (the members).

“What matters most is that we get those members back and they feel that they can come to watch a game where there’s a representation of themselves on the field and they feel like they’re in a safe environment while they’re watching a game full of excitement.”

Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Perth Glory
Sunday 9 October 2022, 3:00pm
CommBank Stadium
Live on 10 Bold and Paramount+
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