The transformation at Western Sydney continues to take shape with the Wanderers announcing the signing of Scott Neville and Jacob Pepper on two-year deals.
Neville, 26, will add further defensive steel to a backline that has already been bolstered this off-season with the recent announcements of Scott Jamieson and Jonathan Aspropotamitis.
Born in England, Neville moved to Australia as a nine-year-old and was part of the Australian Institute of Sport set-up before joining Perth Glory where he played 63 matches including the 2012 Grand Final.
The former Australia U23 representative has played for the Newcastle Jets for the past three seasons and is delighted to have joined the Red & Black.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to the new challenge ahead and can’t wait to meet the boys, get started and improve as a player down at Western Sydney,” said Neville.
“The whole club in general is a massive attraction. Wanderers are one of the biggest clubs in Australia and Tony Popovic is one of the best coaches. He is someone I want to work under.
“I love to defend but also love to get forward and create chances. I’m an all-action type of player and every game I’m going to put my heart on my sleeve and give everything I’ve got for the Western Sydney Wanderers.”
Pepper, 23, will bolster the club’s midfield stocks with the former Olyroo proving himself to be one of the best up-and-coming players over recent Hyundai A-League seasons.
Having spent two years in the Football NSW development pathway, the box-to-box midfielder was picked-up by the Newcastle Jets and made his debut in 2010 but it was the 2011/12 season where he really made his mark with a number of barnstorming performances and goals.
Seeking a new challenge and an opportunity to better himself as a footballer after five seasons in the Hunter, Pepper says Western Sydney is a perfect fit.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Western Sydney Wanderers, I’m super excited for the challenge and I thank Popa and the club for giving me a chance and I look forward to a successful two years,” explained Pepper.
“I’ve seen how much the Wanderers have grown since formation and the type of club that they’ve become, that’s a factor in me signing – I’m excited to join the hype.
“Wanderers have got a good coach and good staff that can provide the pathway for me to become a better footballer.”