The Western Sydney Wanderers have confirmed the signing of German-born defender Patrick Ziegler for the next three Hyundai A-League seasons.
The 28-year-old towering defender comes to the Wanderers after an extensive career in Germany, which has seen him play for the likes of SpvVgg Unterhaching, Paderborn 07 and more recently, 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
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Ziegler has featured in over 130 matches across the first two divisions of the Bundesliga and will play abroad for the very first time of his career in Sydney's west.
“I’m very excited to be part of this great club and a start a new chapter of my career in Australia,” Ziegler said.
“The main reason why I decided to join the club was (head coach) Markus Babbel.
"We had several nice phone conversations where he told me a lot about the club, my new teammates but also about the country, the culture and the lifestyle.
“I like the playing style he wants to play with the team.”
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas says Ziegler is another great addition to the team.
“Patrick comes to the club with some fantastic experience abroad and we’re looking forward to seeing him in action this season with the Red & Black.”
The tough-tackling defender could make his competitive debut for the club in their FFA Cup clash in Darwin against Hellenic AC on Tuesday, August 7.
He joins the likes of Nick Fitzgerald, Bruce Kamau, Ruon Tongyik, Tarek Elrich, Jordan O'Doherty and Danijel Nizic as new recruits to the club for the new season.
Babbel is also expected to add a couple more new signings in coming days.