The Wanderers staged a gathering of the tribe on Wednesday to launch their new home and way kit, as hundreds of fans starred in Western Sydney's largest team pic ever.
Decked out in Red and Black supporter gear - and under the banner Always Fearless - the fans made a formidable backdrop to the full squad which included Nikolai Topor-Stanley, World Cup star Matthew Spiranovic and new recruit Vitor Saba.
Set on the bank of the Parramatta River at the iconic heritage site, Newington Armory, the pic comes ahead of the Wanderers’ third A-League season and with new owners at the helm.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the new Nike kits for the 2014-15 season were perfect for the club which represents the historical heartland of Australian football dating back to 1880.
“I’ve seen passion for the sport here that exists nowhere else in Australia, both as a kid growing up in the area and as CEO of the newest team in the league,” Tsatsimas said.
“A club’s jersey is a statement of pride and gives fans a sense of belonging in the community.
“I’ve seen this first hand with the Wanderers fans well and truly embracing the jersey, creating a sea of Red & Black at each game."
The new kit design features the Western Sydney Wanderers crest, capturing the unity and intertwined multicultural community the team represents.
Andrew Poole, Nike Pacific General Manager said: “When designing the new jersey we wanted to ensure the hoops were a prominent feature as they’ve been part of the jersey and worn with pride since the beginning.
“The home jersey maintains the iconic red and black hoops while the new away jersey features clean and classic grey and white hoops.”
Off-season signing, Brazilian playmaker Vitor Saba, said he was looking forward to pulling on the new kit in the season opener against Melbourne Victory on October 10.
“It was great to finally meet the Wanderers’ fans in person, they’re one of the main reasons I came to the club,” Saba said.
“I’ve been following the team for a while and I can’t wait to put on this new jersey and run out on the field wearing the Wanderers colours.”
The new kit includes cutting-edge performance innovation and fit based on 3D body scans of many of the world’s leading footballers.comments