It’s almost time for Western United’s inaugural season in the Hyundai A-League, with Mark Rudan as head coach assembling an impressive team of skilled and experienced players.

The club’s first-ever captain is Alessandro Diamanti, a former Italian international forward with exceptional leadership qualities. Diamanti has played at the highest level in both club and country so is sure to bring incredible experience to the team. He has also played in the English Premier League for West Ham, has won 17 caps for Italy and was part of their team for the 2012 European Championships.

Other players that have joined the team for their first season include Andrew Durante, arguably one of the most reliable defenders in the A-League and Panagiotis Kone, a Greek midfielder who played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The WUFC team is also welcoming Caltex Socceroo Josh Risdon, who made his debut for Perth Glory in 2010 and has since made 170 A-League appearances. They’ve also added the league’s all-time top scorer Besart Berisha to the team to create a powerful, and hopefully unstoppable, force. The full squad is now ready for action in what is sure to be an interesting match against Wellington Phoenix, with Marc Rudan returning to Wellington after leaving them halfway through his contract to join United.

The historic first game will take place on Sunday, October 13th, away to Wellington Phoenix.

The first home game is on Saturday, October 19th against reigning Premiers Perth Glory.