Mayor: Wanderers are champions in our eyes

They lost their second consecutive Grand Final on Sunday but Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone believes the Western Sydney Wanderers are winners and deserve the keys to the city.

Coach Tony Popovic is a former local resident of the area and Cr Cabone said the team’s spectacular growth in two years had connected the community.

"With four minutes to go on Sunday, they were the champions of the A-League but their performance all year has captivated our city and has made them the champions of our city we are all proud of," the Mayor told the Fairfield City Champion.

"I'm happy for Fairfield Council to consider giving them a key to the city because I think they really represent our area — from the coach to the players and to the diversity that they have."

More than 10,000 fans travelled to Brisbane to cheer on the Wanderers - the 2012-13 Premiers and runners-up for the Championship and Premiers Plate this season.

"It really shows how the community has got behind them," Cr Cabone said.

"The team's achievements really encourage a lot of our younger football stars and participants to work hard in achieving their aspirations in sport."

Even the Mayor’s young son Antonio has caught the Wanderlust.

"My son, who always wears their jersey, has now asked me for a Wanderers soccer ball, so it shows the impact they have on our local community and families in general," he said.