Sport

Croatians now Wanderers

TWO more pieces of the puzzle are in place at Western Sydney Wanderers with coach Tony Popovic unveiling the club's first two foreign players.

Croatians Dino Kresinger and Mateo Poljak had their first training session with the club on Monday.

Neither has played outside their homeland, but 30-year Kresinger said he expected to be part of a successful club.

"I'm very happy to sign a contract. The guys are great and I expect it to be a good team," Kresinger said. "My job is to score goals and I hope I will."

Poljak, 22, has represented Croatia at U19 level and has spent the past five seasons at Lokomotiva Zagreb in the Croatian league, on loan from Dinamo Zagreb.

The midfielder said he expected the A-League to be a lot more physical than what he was used to.

He also said he saw the opportunity with the new Western Sydney franchise as a stepping stone in his career.

"My expectations are big. It's a new club with big expectations," Poljak said. "Maybe it's a risk, but I think you must risk to accomplish something."

The signings take the roster at Wanderers to 15, with three more foreign players still to be announced.

Meanwhile Brazilian import Henrique has netted a hat-trick as Brisbane Roar beat an Ipswich invitational side 5-1 in its second pre-season fixture at North Ipswich Reserve on Sunday.

Golden Boot winner Besart Berisha scored three in the Roar's 5-0 win against Brisbane Olympic last month.

Topics:  a-league football, western sydney wanderers


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