July 04, 2015 12:37:41 UK
Five-cap Socceroo Mitch Nichols has made Western Sydney Wanderers his fourth A-League club after signing a two-year deal.
The midfielder has joined Tony Popovic’s side, who are 13.00 to win the Grand Final, 18 months after making a big-money move to Cerezo Osaka in Japan.
The J. League outfit splashed out more than $400,000 to take Nichols, who had won two championships with Brisbane Roar, from Melbourne Victory.
His time in Japan didn’t work out though and after playing just six games he returned to Australia on loan to Perth Glory.
The playmaker becomes Western Sydney’s most high-profile signing of the off-season, and the club’s chief executive John Tsatsimas is excited by what he offers to the Asian Champions League holders.
He has an unpredictable ability with the ball at his feet which makes him dangerous.
“Mitch has an impressive history in the A-League and his six seasons with Brisbane produced some excellent results including two championships,” he said.
“He has an unpredictable ability with the ball at his feet which makes him dangerous and his work rate off the ball is a part of his game that often goes unnoticed.”
Tsatsimas added: “With over 150 A-League games under his belt and at 26 he is at a prime age for our squad as we reassert ourselves in the competition this season.”
Handed his international debut for Australia in 2009 in an Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait, Nichols then had to wait more than four years for his next call-up.
He appeared in three East Asian Cup qualifiers under previous coach Holger Osieck, with his most recent appearance coming last November in the 2-1 defeat to Japan.
Nichols is the second key signing in the space of a few days by Western Sydney, who brought in veteran Spanish midfielder Andreu from Racing Santander.
The club have also signed Scott Jamieson, Scott Neville, Andrew Redmayne and Jacob Pepper.
Western Sydney are 2.37 to win their first match of the season against Brisbane Roar, who are 2.75 with the draw 3.25.
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