A-League news

Wanderers release four players

April 30, 2013
By ESPN staff

A-League Premiers Western Sydney Wanderers have released four of their foundation players, including Dino Kresinger, Tarek Elrich, Joey Gibbs and Rocky Visconte.

Western Sydney Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp holds the Premiers' Plate after the victory over Brisbane Roar
GettyImagesKresinger (far right) managed just two goals from 20 games for Western Sydney

Strikers Kresinger and Gibbs combined for just four goals in 29 games between them this season, with the Croatian's departure less of a surprise given his failure to find consistent goalscoring form in 20 games for the Wanderers.

Elrich was one of the club's three inaugural players, while Visconte moved from Brisbane Roar mid-season. Neither player could cement a regular place in Tony Popovic's starting line-up,although Visconte's stunning goal against Newcastle in the final match of the regular season showed glimpses of his potential.

Coach Tony Popovic will be expected to recruit a prolific striker in the off-season as Western Sydney prepare for the new A-League season and enter the Asian Champions League for the first time.

Wanderers Chief Executive Lyall Gorman thanked the players for their commitment this season and has left the door open for a possible return.

"The inaugural season for the Western Sydney Wanderers has been an amazing journey for the players, coaching staff, club, partners and fans," Gorman said.

"Dino, Tarek, Joey and Rocky were all part of this journey and all played an integral part in the success of the club and winning the Premiers Plate in this historic season.

"It's unfortunate that we are unable to retain all of the squad. The Wanderers door will always be open to Dino, Tarek, Rocky and Joey and no one should ever underestimate their contribution to this, our foundation season. We wish them well in their future football endeavours."