Wanderers sign Swedish striker Antonsson

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today confirmed the signing of Marcus Antonsson for the next two A-Leagues seasons.

Antonsson joins the club from Saudi Premier League side Al Adalah where he has featured in 16 matches and scored six goals this season.

Prior to his spell in Asia, Antonsson was a familiar face in the top-flight of Sweden’s Allsvenskan where he played for clubs including Halmstad, Malmo and Kalmar for 12 seasons. 

The classy striker has also played in the United Kingdom in League One and the Championship for Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers.

Antonsson has over 370 professional matches to his name and has experience playing on the world’s biggest stage with four European Champions League and 21 Europa League matches on his resume.

With close to 100 goals scored in his career, Antonsson has a reputation for being clinical and consistent in the front-third and marks head coach Marko Rudan’s fifth signing of the 2023/24 A-Leagues season.

Malmo’s Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson celebrates their victory with his fans at the end of the UEFA Europa League Group I football match between Besiktas JK and Malmo FF at the Vodafone Park stadium in Istanbul on December 13, 2018. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Head coach Marko Rudan welcomed Antonsson and his family to the Western Sydney Wanderers.

“We are very proud to have a player of Marcus’ calibre join the Wanderers for the next two seasons. He is not only an experienced player but a natural leader, that we welcome into a fantastic group of players,” said Rudan.

“His technical skill and ability will help guide our next generation of Wanderers players coming through the ranks and we are very excited to see him in action.

“We would like to wish him and his family a very safe trip to Australia in the coming weeks.”

Malmo’s Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson (C) celebrates with his team mates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europe league group I football match between Besiktas and Malmo on December 13, 2018 at Vodafone Park stadium in Istanbul. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Antonsson said he is ready for the challenge in the A-Leagues.

“Ever since first contact was had, I have had a very good feeling about this move to the Western Sydney Wanderers,” said Antonsson.

“I feel very excited to take on this challenge and I can’t wait to go out there in front of our members and fans who I know are amazing.”