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Australian Football: Wanderers sign Mrcela

Mark Rudan has made his first signing as Western Sydney Wanderers coach after snapping up experienced defender Tomislav Mrcela for the rest of the season.

Wanderers are priced at 15/8 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and Rudan was keen to bolster his defence for the rest of the campaign.

Williams replacement

Western Sydney have been a man down at the back after losing captain Rhys Williams to a severe hamstring injury and Rudan has now managed to plug the gap.

The 31-year-old is no stranger to the A-League having helped Perth Glory win the minor premiership back in the 2019 campaign.

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The Perth-born star then moved on to the Indian side East Bengal, while he has also enjoyed spells in South Korea and Croatia throughout his career.

Mrcela watched on from the stands as the Wanderers beat Melbourne Victory 2-0 on Wednesday night and there is a chance he could make his debut in Sunday's clash with Western United.

Exciting move

The central defender has plenty of experience and cannot wait to get started with his new club.

"I'm really excited to finally be here, it's a privilege to be part of a big club like this and I can't wait to get started," Mrcela said after the deal was announced.

"It's nice to be part of this club and play with those passionate fans behind you. Hopefully they can push us to some success this season.

"I hope I can bring experience and leadership, I think we have a really good team with good characters and good leaders inside."

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