Spiranovic departs Wanderers for China

Western Sydney centre-back Matthew Spiranovic has beaten the clock to sign with struggling Chinese Super League outfit Hangzhou Greentown just hours before the close of the summer transfer window.

The Wanderers released a statement praising the outgoing player “as one of the most talented centre backs to grace the domestic league and a hero to many in Western Sydney”.

The Socceroo’s exit will be a huge loss for coach Tony Popovic who is faced with a massive rebuild following the departure of 15 players.

Spiranovic played in Germany, Japan and Qatar before joining the fledgling A-League outfit ahead of the 2013/14 season.

The versatile 27-year-old was one of the few shining lights in the club’s disastrous 2014/15 domestic campaign but will find the going no easier at Greentown.

The CSL side recently terminated the contract of veteran French coach Philippe Troussier just seven months into the job following a string of poor results which has seen them slide down the table.

Meanwhile, the cashed-up Chinese league continued to do brisk business right up until the transfer window snapped shut. Among those making the switch – Demba Ba, Robinho, Asamoah Gyan and Paulinho.

Australians currently playing in China include Socceroo legend Tim Cahill and former Melbourne Victory skipper Adrian Leijer.