Western United FC: Every signing from the Hyundai A-League's newest club

The Hyundai A-League's newest club - Western United FC - is beginning to take shape ahead of their introduction into the competition in the 2019/20 Season.

On a huge day for United, three young Aussie stars were confirmed for next season in Sebastian Pasquali, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos and Dylan Pierias.

It means the club now has seven players locked away for their first season in the competition next year, while they also have two assistant coaches confirmed.

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It's been a whirlwind month for the Hyundai A-League's newest franchise, who also unveiled the club's official playing colours as well as their new name back in mid-February.

And we'll keep you up to date with all the latest signings and other Western United FC news right here as we edge closer to the club's first game in the Hyundai A-League next season.

Who have Western United FC signed?

Panagiotis Kone

The Hyundai A-League's newest club turned heads around the country when they announced the signature of Greek international and experienced Serie A veteran.

Kone, 31, pledged his allegiance on the 1st of February and will bring a host of experience to Australia when the 2019/2020 campaign gets underway.

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The midfielder starred for Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and has played 160 matches in the Italian top flight, where he captained Bologna.

He was also nominated for the 2013 FIFA Puskas award for an amazing bicycle kick he scored for Bologna against Napoli.

Kone
Kone (8) battles for the ball with another Hyundai A-League favourite, Victory's Keisuke Honda, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Josh Risdon

The Caltex Socceroo and experienced Hyundai A-League fullback became Western United FC's second signing 12 days after Kone put pen to paper.

Risdon, 26, has been one of the competition's most consistent fullbacks since his debut for Perth Glory in 2010.

SIGNING NEWS: Risdon becomes Western United's first Australian recruit

Since then, the Bunbury-born flyer has amassed 170 Hyundai A-League appearances and was one of Australia's most impressive performers at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. 

Josh Risdon
Josh Risdon

Connor Chapman

Bolstering Western United FC's defensive ranks is the former Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets defender, who inked his deal with Western United on the 7th of March.

Chapman, an Australia youth international, has spent the last couple of seasons in Korea, where he established himself as a K-League regular for Incheon United and Pohang Steelers.

SIGNING NEWS: Chapman joins Western United

A central defender by trade, the 24-year-old has been sometimes been deployed as a defensive midfielder and at fullback during his stint overseas.

That experience will undoubtedly benefit the Sydney-born player, who is ready to show what he's learned while plying his trade in one of Asia's toughest competitions. 

Connor Chapman
Former Melbourne City star Connor Chapman has returned from Korea to join Western United

Aaron Calver

The 23-year-old joined the club on March 12 as Western United FC's second-youngest signing.

Calver has made 44 appearances in the Hyundai A-League with Sydney FC and moves south on a two-year contract.

SIGNING NEWS: Sydney FC defender the latest to join Western United

He'll view the move to Western United FC as a chance for a fresh start and an opportunity to try and establish himself as a starting player in the Hyundai A-League.

Calver celebrates his goal v Central Coast Mariners in January 2019
Aaron Calver heads south from Sydney

Sebastian Pasquali

Considered one of the most talented young players in the country, Pasquali rose to prominence in the Hyundai A-League at Melbourne Victory.

He starred for the club during the International Champions Cup tournament up against Italian champions Juventus in 2016.

SIGNING NEWS: Pasquali one of three youngsters to join United

His performance caught the eye of European scouts, with Dutch powerhouse Ajax signing Pasquali soon after, with the 19-year-old now back looking for a chance to play senior football regularly in the Hyundai A-League.

Sebastian Pasquali
Seb Pasquali is back in the Hyundai A-League after a stint in Europe

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos

A gifted goalscorer, Stamatelopoulos has been playing with Adelaide United since 2017 after signing a two-year scholarship deal with the Reds.

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He has gone on to make 16 appearances in the Hyundai A-League, scoring two goals, including one this season against Central Coast Mariners.

Stamatelopoulos has also made four appearances for Australia's U-20 team.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos
Apostolos Stamatelopoulos

Dylan Pierias

Pierias became the first player born in the 21st century to play in the Hyundai A-League when he debuted for Melbourne City against Brisbane Roar in February 2017 at the age of 16.

He is a versatile defender with national experience at the U-20 level, and played his junior football in western Melbourne at Keilor Park Soccer Club.

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Pierias played a key part in City's Foxtel National Youth League Championship in 2017, in a team that also included Caltex Socceroos and Celtic starlet Daniel Arzani.

Pierias
Dylan Pierias (right) challenges coach Patrick Kisnorbo during training with Melbourne City

Valentino Yuel

Yuel signed for Western United on March 25 from NPL Victoria outfit Bentleigh Greens.

Formerly of Adelaide City, Yuel signed for the Greens in November 2018 and impressed under the tutelage of ex-Bentleigh boss John Anastasiadis.

The 24-year-old is an exciting winger with pace to burn and an excellent delivery into the box.

Yuel
Valentino Yuel in action for Adelaide City

Who is on the Western United coaching staff?

John Hutchinson

Former Central Coast Mariner and Hyundai A-League legend John Hutchinson was confirmed as the club's assistant coach in January, joining Western United after two years coaching in the USA with the Seattle Sounders' USL side.

Hutchinson made over 200 appearances in the Hyundai A-League, and lead the Mariners to their maiden Championship in 2013.

John Hutchinson; Patrick Zwaanswijk
John Hutchinson (left) after winning the 2013 A-League Grand Final with Central Coast Mariners

John Anastasiadis

The highly-rated Bentleigh Greens coach was made the new club's first signing back in January.

Anastasiadis will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, having guided Bentleigh to a premiership (2016) and two championships (2015 and 2017) during his tenure. 

An expert on all things Victorian football, Anastasiadis began his career in the National Soccer League with Heidelberg United before heading to Greek powerhouse PAOK, where he would rack up over 200 games over a nine-year stint.

John Anastasiadis
John Anastasiadis

Name

The club was officially named Western United Football Club back on February 14 after community consultation and an online poll on the club’s website and also conducted by News Limited.

Western United FC won out over other options including Western Melbourne Athletic, Westside Pride and Western Melbourne Warriors.

Colours

United also revealed their club colours on February 14, which will be a green and black playing strip.

While the club’s jersey design has yet to be determined, it’s understood the club will wear green and black stripes, while the away kit will be white.