Reds runaway James Troisi has revealed the link that persuaded him to quit South Australia to sign for Western Sydney Wanderers on the eve of the new season.
Adelaide United were incensed to discover Troisi was exiting the club just two weeks out from the start of the new season.
But today Troisi confirmed his move to NSW - and revealed he had long links with new WSW coach Carl Robinson when the Englishman tried to sign him for Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS.
“I’ve known Carl since 2015 when he tried to sign me at Vancouver, we’ve kept in touch and we have a very close relationship," said Troisi today.
"Carl is a fantastic person and we’ve seen in a short time already what he is able to do in this league.
“I am coming to the club to be successful and I want to win another title with this club.
“The ambition of the club is high, from everyone I have spoken to, and it’s something I want to be involved in.
“I believe success comes from the backing of the fans. The fan base of Western Sydney is massive and I truly believe that if we can do our best on the pitch, we’ll have the biggest fanbase in the league.”
He added: “It is fantastic to be at one of the biggest clubs in the league and I am very happy to come in at an exciting time for the club.
“What I have seen in terms of the training facility and stadium, investing in a fantastic coach, it’s a new chapter and I’m really looking forward to being part of it."
Troisi joins the Wanderers after an extensive career both domestically and internationally in the Turkish Super Liga, Serie A and Saudi Pro League which has seen him play in 250 matches and score 49 goals.
Troisi joined Adelaide on a two-year deal last October and made 13 A-League appearances for the Reds last season.
However, he didn't feature when the league resumed after the coronavirus break due to knee surgery.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas welcomed the Asian Cup, A-League and FFA Cup winner to the club.
“We are delighted to have a player with the experience of James join us for the next two seasons,” said Tsatsimas.
“We look forward to writing a new chapter in our club’s history with James and welcome our members and fans back to Wanderland on Sunday 27 in a historic season opener double header.”