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Australian Football: Rudan relishes Wanderers future

Mark Rudan is determined to carve out an exciting future after signing a contract extension with Western Sydney Wanderers.

The 46-year-old former Wellington Phoenix and Western United head coach took charge of Wanderers at the end of January following the sacking of Carl Robinson.

He has since helped secure two wins in six games and is now under contract until the end of the 2023/24 season, with WSW now 11/2 to finish in the top six in the A-League this term.

Rudan aiming to build better

An excited Rudan commented: "I am committed to raising the standards we set across the entire football department. We want to build a team with fight, hunger and grit.

"This is personal for me as someone from the area; to create a winning mentality and an environment that is going to make players grow and learn is very important."

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Rudan is currently readying his players for a derby clash with Sydney FC on Saturday, with English midfielder Jack Rodwell set to miss out due to a hamstring injury.

And, having played for the Sky Blues before moving into coaching, Rudan is relishing the opportunity to secure local bragging rights.

Rudan relishes derby date

He added: "I was quite envious because the Wanderers weren't around when I was playing and to see that as a fan and a lover of the game was sensational over the years.

"Now you get to participate in it or be a part of it as a coach this time.

"The Sydney derbies have always been top-class and one that you always mark your calendar for at the start of the year."

"We know that Sydney's a good side and they've shown that over the last few years as well. We know it's going to be a tough encounter."

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