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Australian Football: Rudan focussed on Wanderers

Mark Rudan says he is fully focused on Western Sydney Wanderers as he prepares to face former club Western United in the A-League on Saturday.

The Wanderers are priced at 11/10 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and Rudan has the job to take them there following the sacking of Carl Robinson last week.

No emotions

Rudan began his tenure with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory on Wednesday night and will now look to back that up against his former club Western United.

Rudan was Western United's inaugural coach and was with them for two seasons before being axed at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

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He will face them for the first time at CommBank Stadium but says he has no emotion regards his former club as they prepare to meet.

"Nothing at all," he told reporters. "My focus and dedication is completely on Western Sydney Wanderers. "There's no time for thinking about what has been because they've got a new coach and I'm a new coach at a new club."

Rodwell honoured

Meanwhile Jack Rodwell will continue to skipper the side and says it is a huge honour after being handed the armband for the first time against Perth.

He played as a shadow striker just behind Tomer Hemed in that game and got the only goal but says he is happy to slot in wherever.

"I'd happily play anywhere," said Rodwell. "I'm managing to get into the box and get some goal scoring opportunities.

"I captained the youth teams with England but that's a few years back. It was an honour when the manager said he wanted me to be captain."

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