Popovic aims for fond farewell to Wanderland

Western Sydney Wanderers will be aiming for a fond farewell to Pirtek Stadium as it hosts its last game of the regular season before being redeveloped.

Wanderers announced yesterday that they would temporarily be relocating to Homebush while Wanderland is rebuilt and coach Tony Popovic says this game holds a lot of meaning to the club.

“We’re excited with what’s ahead for this football club in terms of the new stadium here in Parramatta,” Popovic said.

“It’ll be our last league game here, so we’re looking forward to finishing this part of the journey on a high and sending everyone home happy on the weekend.”

The game also has plenty of importance in the league standings this year, as Wanderers are still in the mix for premiership contention.

“It’s a big game in terms of the context of the season. There’s two games to go, it’s the business end. You could say there’s pressure and expectation but I think we’ve shown in our short history that it’s something this football club has always dealt with very well,” he said.

“I expect in front of a big crowd tomorrow night that our players will stand up once again and come home with the three points.”

Popovic will have a full squad to choose from against Central Coast Mariners, with the exception of suspended Dimas.

“We’ve got one more session to tick off today but everyone’s fit and everyone’s available,” he said.

“They all want to be in that first eleven, or they all want to be in that squad. They don’t want to be left out and they’re training accordingly. They’re all putting their hand up for selection and they’re all in good shape. It’s a good time at the moment.”