Wanderers' Redmayne benefitting from Spider's touch

A complete overhaul from Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeping coach and former Socceroos gloveman Zeljko Kalac has seen Andrew Redmayne produce the best form of his career.

Redmayne has cemented himself as Western Sydney's number one goalkeeper in his first season at Wanderland, having played every minute of the 2015-16 season so far.

The 26-year-old has conceded just two goals in the past five matches, with the Wanderers emerging victorious on each occasion to sit second in the A-League.

It is a far cry from his three seasons with former club Melbourne City where Redmayne conceded 77 goals in 48 games and was in and out of the starting line-up.

Kalac - himself a new arrival at Wanderland this term after four seasons with Sydney FC - has made the difference, according to Redmayne.

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Kalac was one of Redmayne's idols when the latter was a kid, with the former Milan goalkeeper having played 54 times for the Socceroos.

"He's very honest, which I think you need to be, you need to have that kind of respect," Redmayne told Goal Australia.

"So if you do something wrong, he lets you know and if you don't something right, then he'll tell you.

"There's a lot of honesty and there's a lot of technical aspects in every kind of aspect of goalkeeping.

"We've really worked on tweaking a lot of little technical things in each aspect. He's a perfectionist - which is good - so I'm really enjoying working under him."

Andrew Redmayne makes a diving save against the Mariners.

Redmayne has been around the A-League a long time - he made his senior debut in September 2008 - but has never looked as assured in the competition.

Heading into Saturday night's clash with Brisbane Roar - one of Redmayne's former clubs - the Gosford-born shot-stopper revealed Kalac has looked at every area of his game.

"[Before the season] he said I had a good base level but there were a lot of technical things that needed to be tweaked, and completely changed in some forms, so we worked really hard in pre-season and I'm continuing to learn and really enjoying the path that I'm on," Redmayne said.

Kalac has been reunited with former Sydney United and Socceroos team-mate Tony Popovic at the Wanderers this season.

The straight-shooting duo seem intimidating to outsiders but Redmayne loves working with them.

"Working under [head coach] Tony Popovic and Zeljko Kalac has been really inspiring and it's really taken my game to the next level," he said.

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While there has been a lot of discussion about Western Sydney's more attacking mindset this season, their winning streak has coincided with improved defensive results.

The Wanderers will have to maintain their defensive solidity against third-placed Brisbane, who defeated Redmayne and Co. 3-1 at Wanderland in the opening round.

"We've shut down a lot of crossing opportunities for teams that kind of focus on getting balls into the box, and also shutting down scoring opportunities," Redmayne explained when asked about Western Sydney's improved defence.

"So when I think back to when we played Perth Glory, I mean, they didn't even have a shot on target."
If reigning A-League champions Melbourne Victory slip up at Wellington Phoenix on Saturday and Popovic's side win later that night, the Wanderers will top the table.

Redmayne has a feeling his team can achieve something special this season.

"It's kind of a mindset and a feeling that you get within the squad, I think… the constant drive, the constant willingness to get better, not [being] happy with anything but 100 per cent," he said.