Hersi re-signs with Wanderers

Tony Popovic's long-term planning with Western Sydney has been boosted by star winger Youssouf Hersi signing on for another season.

Tony Popovic's long-term planning with Western Sydney has been boosted by star winger Youssouf Hersi signing on for another season.

Hersi, 30, said he was enjoying his football playing for the Wanderers and his decision to commit for the 2013/14 season was an easy one.

“I am very happy to be in Australia and to be a part of this club,” Hersi said.

“I enjoy every minute here and that is one of the main reasons I want to stay.

“The crowd and the supporters at Parramatta Stadium are fantastic.

“They enjoy watching us play so much it just makes me so happy.

"When I see how much they want us to win I just keep pushing and keep running cause I can-t let them down.

"I don-t want to lose one game.”

Hersi said he was particularly grateful to coach Tony Popovic and his assistant Ante Milicic.

“The coaches have helped me a lot after my injury (knee reconstruction),” he said.

“They have helped me and supported me and Tony and Ante have been great to me and they had faith in me.”

Hersi said he wanted to help the team achieve as much as possible.

“I want to win something with the Wanderers if not this year then next year and beyond,” Hersi said.

“It is hard for us coming together from different places but we are good now and things are working very well.”

The Ethiopian-born Dutch national has scored four goals so far this season and has tallied the second highest number of goal assists in the league with seven.

Popovic said Hersi was a real character and he had fitted in well to the Wanderers- club dynamic, something noted during his initial trial with the club.

“Ante and I saw there were qualities in him,” Popovic said.

“We knew it would take him time to adjust but with his tremendous work rate he has progressed very well into an integral part of our squad.

“I think he is really enjoying his football and we are enjoying having him here.”