Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has an "unbelievable" plan for next season... but hasn't yet shared the finer details with at least two of his newly-signed stars.
Babbel was a key face missing from training at WSW's impressive new HQ and training ground next to Blacktown International Sportspark yesterday.
New stars Radi Majewski – still suffering jet lag after arriving in Australia just three days ago – and Dylan McGowan joined newly-signed visa players Daniel Lopar and Pirmin Schwegler in the workout ahead of next week's clash with Leeds United.
Patrick Ziegler was also at training but worked with Schwegler and conditioning coaches on the sidelines while assistant coach Jean-Paul de Marigny led the rest on ball work in Babbel's absence.
Majewski admitted he had yet to speak to his new boss about the plans for the new season but Babbel had sold him on Sydney and his vision for the club.
"So many times he repeated the word 'unbelievable'," said the attacking midfielder. "I didn't know what to expect. I still don't know what to expect. We will see in time.
"He said we will speak when I get here but he is not in, so we will speak when I see him."
McGowan admitted that Babbel had also sold him on the kind of club culture the Liverpool and Bundesliga veteran wants to create at the Wanderers - but had yet to hear the nitty-gritty of the style that will be implemented on the field next season.
"That's something we haven't gone into too much detail yet," said McGowan, 27, younger brother of Sydney FC's new signing Ryan, 29, who was unveiled across the city last week.
"But I'm sure with the experience he's got – not only as a manager, but as a player as well – he'll set us up just right, and with the players we've got this season, we should be competing.
"We've not made the finals in three years and for a club like this, that's not acceptable. This season we're looking to improve and improve drastically – and be competing at the top end of the table."
Jetlagged Majewski, 32, is also trying to adapt to the weather Down Under while away from his family after a career spent in Europe, including six years with Nottingham Forest.
"The winter here for me is not winter," said the livewire compact playmaker. "In Poland, winter is minus 30, but here, winter is like summer in Poland.
"This is something new for me. Sometime you have to take in risk in life. I didn't really think too much about it - what I will miss is my family because they are not going to be with me all the time.
"Sometimes you just want to see another continent. I've never played on another continent. So far I'm happy."
Wanderers first contacted the Pole in January about a possible move and followed up in March before finalising the deal in May after Majewski had a chat with former Sydney FC Polish star Adrian Mierzejewski.
"People will probably try to compare me with him and what he did at Sydney FC," he added.
"He told me many things about the league, some positive stuff and the football is pretty good and intensity is okay.
"But everyone has different opinions. I need to wait and see how it is for myself."