Kalmar Wanderers ahead

Western Sydney Wanderers have made a surprise swoop for Melbourne City midfielder Nick Kalmar to sign him as a short-term injury replacement.

Kalmar has been cleared to join the Wanderers, effective immediately, and will commence training with the Asian Champions today.

Following a training ground injury to Kearyn Baccus, Kalmar comes in as injury replacement cover for Brendon Santalab before taking up an AFC Champions League group stage contract with the club.

Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said Kalmar has been on the club’s radar and it was the right time to bring him into the system before the hectic 2015 schedule.

“Nick is a quality player who we have been monitoring for some time,” said Tsatsimas. “Kearyn’s injury is disappointing for the young man especially given his recent performances in the A-League and at the FIFA Club World Cup.

“We have the opportunity to bring in Nick Kalmar who is a quality acquisition and he is sure to serve us well in the lead up to what will be our club’s busiest schedule to date.”

Kalmar commences training today at Blacktown International Sportspark and will wear the number 33.

Kalmar, 27, joins Wanderers after five seasons with Melbourne Heart/City where he made 69 appearances in the A-League - including the club's first match - scoring six goals. 

Kalmar also featured in the club’s inaugural Westfield FFA Cup match, scoring against Sydney FC in what would be his final appearance for the City. 

Head coach John van’t Schip wished the midfielder well in his next challenge with Wanderers.

“Nick has been a fine servant of this club and a superb clubman since he joined as an inaugural player,” van’t Schip said.

“We wish Nick all the best in the next chapter in his career.”