The Western Sydney Wanderers have beefed up their attacking stocks for the 2016/17 season with the club announcing the signing of striker Kerem Bulut.
Forever remembered for his extraordinary debut where he scored two goals off the bench in Sydney Derby IX, Bulut, who has gained cult hero status at the Club, today put pen to paper on a two year deal.
Originally joining the Wanderers from Turkey in January 2015, Bulut scored six goals in only 13 appearances before heading overseas at the end of the season.
Growing up in Auburn and a true Western Sydney boy, fans will be excited at the prospect of him walking out in front of a record crowd at the Sydney Derby XIII in Round 1. Tickets for this match are currently on sale HERE.
Since last wearing the Red & Black, the 24-year-old spent a season in Greece at Iraklis but told wswanderersfc.com.au how glad he is to be back.
“It’s great to be here, I had a bit of a rough season last year so it’s good to be back,” said Bulut.
“We’ve got a big season coming up with the league and the Champions League, the new squad is looking perfect and it’s just good to be around at the club that I love.
“There are big goals to achieve this year - from the coaching staff to the boys we want to finish on top in the league, go as far as we can in the Champions League and on a personal note I want to help the team and score 15-20 goals.”
Having forged a unique bond with the fans from his hometown club in his first stint, Bulut said he’s going to be playing for those in the stands. Memberships are still available to those who want to join the current 16,718 Wanderers members by clicking here.
“It’s second to none to feel the love from the fans here, it’s a great feeling. As a player I’d always looked for love from fans but I never had it before I joined Wanderers. Now I’m here and I just want to give back and have a good season.”
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the whole Club was looking forward to having him return home.
“Kerem is a fantastic character with a lot of good qualities both on and off the pitch,” said Tsatsimas.
“When you see him doing the community work or interacting with fans at the match, you can see he is looked up to by a lot of young kids.
“It is great to have him back in his hometown representing the region that we all feel so passionately about and we are all looking forward to having him back at the Club.”