Grateful Appiah disappointed to leave Wanderers

Discarded winger Kwabena Appiah has described his departure from Western Sydney as disappointing but says he is leaving with great memories.

Appiah, a western Sydney local, was one of the first players signed by the club but struggled to cement a regular place over three years.

The 22-year’s old contract with Western Sydney was terminated by mutual agreement on Saturday.

“It is disappointing to leave the Wanderers,” Appiah told FourFourTwo.

“I’ve been there since day one, I didn’t even know what they were going to be called at the time.

"I’ve made friends that turned into family, it was the club of where I was raised, but unfortunately I didn’t quite capture the form I would have liked this year and it’s time to move on to another club.

“I found my time there to be great in terms of the players and staff. I couldn’t ask for more professional people to work with. The boys are family, plain and simple. I will never have a bad thing to say there.

“Popa [coach Tony Popovic] I would like to thank first hand for grabbing me from the NYL at the Mariners to starting me in an Asian Champions League final. I can never be more grateful though.

“The club were first-class for me, the way they treated me and handled me and helped me.”

Born in Auckland, Appiah was raised in western Sydney and was a junior with Parramatta City, Granville Rage and Spirit FC before joining the Mariners’ youth side.

"The attacker has found A-League appearances rare, but played in 12 of the Wanderers’ 14 Asian Champions League games in their title-winning 2014 campaign.

Appiah said he has a point to prove in the A-League.

“I definitely do and I’m going to work extremely hard to prove that point,” he said.

The forward wants to stay in the A-League but is also considering offers overseas.

“I’ve got options here, kind of now have to pick where I want,” Appiah said.

“Now I have to decide where I can get the best out of me from. My preference is to stay here, but you still have to juggle up once you get overseas interest as well.

"We will see.”