Hamill boosts Wanderers' defensive stocks

Western Sydney Wanderers have signed 21-year-old defender Brendan Hamill to a one year contract.

After two years with K-League outfit Seongnam Ilhwa, Hamill will join the Wanderers for the remainder of the 2014 AFC Champions League campaign and the upcoming A-League season.

The youth international is hoping to prove himself in the Aussie topflight after a knee injury cruelled his final season in Korea.

Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas told the club’s official website the new recruit will boost the club’s defensive stocks ahead of a heavy schedule.

“Brendan ticks a lot of boxes for us; he’s young, ambitious, from Western Sydney and can play across the backline,” Tsatsimas said.

“We’ve seen previously that he can perform in the A-League and following two seasons in Asia he will have matured as a player and as a man.”

Born and raised in Chipping Norton, Hamill said it was good to be back in his old stomping ground.

"As a local Western Sydney boy it means a lot to me to come back and play for the Wanderers,” he said.

“I grew up playing for a lot of the local sides in Western Sydney and to see how big the club is especially now with their incredible fans it is amazing to see the success the club has had, which is massive, and hopefully we can continue that.

"I am looking forward to learning from Tony Popovic and the coaching staff here. Tony has played for the national team and over in England, he plays the same position as me so I am excited to learn as much as possible from him and be the best player I can be."

Hamill already has four seasons of pro football under his belt including 35 games with former club Melbourne City (Heart 2010-12) and two seasons in the K-League with Seongnam and Gangwon FC (loan).

Valued as a sturdy defender with fine positioning skills, he earned his stripes on the pitch for the likes of Chipping Norton, Marconi and Parramatta Eagles.

He joins Dean Bouzanis and Vitor Saba as the newest members of the Red & Black roster for 2014/15.