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Australian Football: Wanderers wield the axe

Western Sydney Wanderers have begun preparations for next season with a host of players, including Tomer Hemed, being released by the club.

The 2021/22 A-League campaign was another disappointing one as they missed out on finals football again and new boss Mark Rudan is keen to rebuild his squad.

Squad rebuild

Rudan came in earlier in the season to replace Carl Robinson as boss and although there were signs of improvement, Wanderers could not make the top six.

That will be the aim next season and Rudan will now get the chance to assemble his own squad and make a push for the finals.

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But first he has to clear the decks to make room for a host of new players and Hemed is among the players to leave. The striker managed just six goals in 20 appearances during his season with the club.

Dimi Petratos is another to leave after his one-year deal came to an end. He made 23 appearances and scored three goals for his hometown club.

Fellow foreigners Tomas Mejias, Ziggy Gordon and Keijiro Ogawa have also been told they will not be getting new deals. Berni Ibini also leaves after a two-year spell with the club.

Club statement

“The Western Sydney Wanderers would like to thank the six players for their contributions during their time and wish them all the best in their future.

“The club remains in contact with several players coming off contract with more announcements expected to be made in the coming weeks.”

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