In-form Western Sydney Wanderers number one Andrew Redmayne has welcomed competition for his spot from new signing Liam Reddy.
With the January transfer window about to open, Reddy is now available for selection for the Wanderers following his recent switch from Central Coast.
Having been training with the club for a number of weeks now, Reddy could come straight into the squad for Saturday night’s trip to Melbourne City.
But the experienced gloveman faces a challenge ousting Redmayne from the starting spot given the 26-year-old’s impressive form this campaign.
Redmayne has kept a joint league-high six clean sheets (with Sydney FC’s Vedran Janjetovic) and made a host of brilliant saves in the club’s 10-game unbeaten streak.
And he insists nothing has changed now he has both Dean Bouzanis and Reddy fighting to take his spot.
“It’s exactly the same. You need a strong squad with depth to challenge for titles,” Redmayne told reporters on Monday.
“Any competition in any spot is extremely welcome. It’s only going to help the team push for the title.
“Everyone brings a lot to the club and brings a lot to the squad. Every individual is very welcomed in this squad and I think we have a fantastic group.
“We [the keepers] want to keep developing the way we’re going and try and implement the technical changes that Spider [Zeljko Kalac] is trying to put into all three of us.”
The Wanderers started 2016 with a goalless draw at home against Adelaide United, enabling Brisbane Roar to leapfrog them to the top of the ladder.
While disappointed to lose top spot after one win in their last three games, Redmayne says it’s all positive at Wanderland.
“There’s a lot of confidence flowing through the team and we’re becoming a side that’s really hard to beat,” he said.
“I think that’s something you need to have in you to challenge for titles.
“We prepare for every game on its merit and we treat teams with the respect they deserve. And we’ll do that again this week, it’s another big game against Melbourne City.”
Jacob Pepper agreed, feeling the side has developed great rhythm over the last few months of the season.
“If you look at our last 10 matches they have all been positive and we’re undefeated as well,” Pepper said.
“We’ve got a clean sheet two weeks in a row now and I suppose that’s very important coming up against City who have been scoring goals.“We have to be tight at the back and hopefully we can show that this week… hopefully we can secure the three points away."