Signing news: Derby tensions fueled as Wanderers secure Jurman

Western Sydney Wanderers have snared former Sydney FC defender Matthew Jurman.

The 29-year-old centre back has signed for Markus Babbel’s side on a one-year deal.

Jurman – a Championship winner with Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar - arrives in Sydney’s west following stints in Korea Republic with Suwon Bluewings and Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

He was also chosen to represent the Caltex Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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 “I spoke with Markus (Babbel) many times and those conversations showed that he wanted me at the club, how I fit into his plans and how he wants me to play,” said Jurman. 

“I want to win and I’m hoping that the team that Markus has put together this season is one that can do well and get to the top.

“The past three years overseas has made me a lot stronger, not having familiar surroundings makes you mentally stronger and I’ve had some great experiences and come back a better player. 

“Having a support base around me again is going to be exciting – I have a lot of family and friends in Western Sydney so it is exciting to be back and to play in front of them for the Wanderers."

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