Aussie goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Western Sydney Wanderers seven years after he left his hometown for England.
The former youth international moved to the UK in 2007 to join Liverpool and was regarded by then-manager Rafa Benítez as “the best goalkeeper in the world for his age”.
But the young custodian has endured an unsettled period with loan stints at Sydney FC and Accrington Stanley before signing with League One side Oldham Athletic.
Bouzanis joined Greek side Aris FC in 2013 but after failing to break into the first team returned to England where he took up a short term offer with League Two side Carlisle United.
The 23-year-old, known for his good distribution skills and commanding presence in the box, said joining the Wanderers was a no-brainer.
“I’m excited to join the Wanderers because they have an amazing fan base,” Bouzanis told the club's official website.
“They are the best fans in the Hyundai A-League and the recent success they’ve had at the football club is massive.
“I was playing for Carlisle and I got approached by Popa and when I heard that Western Sydney were interested it was a big thing for me because I’ve supported the team, I’ve seen how good a coach Popa is with the results that he’s got and it all just went from there.”
Bouzanis said he relished being reunited with goalkeeping coach Ron Corry.
"The Wanderers is a club where you can win trophies as well as progress and develop as a player,” he said.
“I’ve worked with Ron Cory before when he was at the Australian Institute of Sport and he’s a top goalkeeper coach who I can learn a lot from.”
He said he was also keen to work alongside veteran goalkeeper Ante Covic.
“To work with such an experienced goalkeeper in Ante Covic who has played many matches and has been there and done that is something I’m looking forward to,” he added.
“There’s not many better goalkeepers in the A-League so to be around him and Corry can only be a good thing.”
Wanderers released back-up keeper Jerrad Tyson, 24, earlier this month.comments