Western Sydney Wanderers have bolstered their squad with the signing of young trio Jordan O’Doherty, Tass Mourdoukoutas and Tate Russell.
O’Doherty, 20, joins the club for three seasons from Adelaide United where he played in 28 matches over two seasons with the club.
Wanderers Academy products Mourdoukoutas, 19, and Russell, 18, have both been prominent in the club’s Y-League and National Premier League sides.
O’Doherty said he was excited about linking up with his new teammates in the next couple of weeks. The talented and pacey midfielder made his senior debut at 15 in Adelaide’s National Premier League, and chalked up 11 appearances including eight starts for the Reds last season.
Buzzing to have signed a 3 year deal with the @wswanderersfc! Really looking forward to getting started with the team and most importantly playing in front of the best fans in the league! ⚽️�⚫️ pic.twitter.com/ecSsngtRCX— Jordan O'Doherty (@j_odoherty) June 6, 2018
"Coming to the Wanderers is a good opportunity for me to be somewhere for three years and really try to do the best I can in the Hyundai A-League,” O’Doherty said.
“I want to play in as many games as possible for the club and ultimately, I want to win trophies with the team.
“To be honest, I’ve always enjoyed watching the Wanderers members and fans more than any other in the league.
“They’ve brought a lot of excitement to the league and they’re the best in the league, so I’m looking forward to playing in front of them.”
Mourdoukoutas, 19, has been promoted to a two-year senior contract that will see him at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season.
The talented central defender joined the Academy from Sydney Olympic and has been selected on a number of occasions to play for the Young Socceroos.
“I’m honoured to play for this club and I’m excited to get underway. It’s a really big moment for me,” Mourdoukoutas said.
“Like any other young player, I’d really like to set myself up in the club’s Hyundai A-League team and really make my mark.
“A new coach means a fresh start and especially with the pre-season coming up, it’s a good time for us to try to impress him. He (Markus Babbel) was a defender as well so there’s no better person for me to learn off."
Russell has been part of the Wanderers Academy system since late 2015 and has signed a two-year scholarship with the Red and Black.
A defender with pace to burn, Russell was part of the Wanderers Y-League Championship- winning side.
“It’s just good to see that the hard work has started to pay off and I’m really keen now to get better as a player,” Russell said.
“Coming through the Wanderers Academy system and learning off some of the older players has really helped develop my game.
“I’m looking forward to having a hard pre-season under our new head coach and I’m looking forward to having a great season with the club.”