Wanderers confirm Rukavytsya deal

Nikita Rukavytsya will return to Australia after the Western Sydney Wanderers confirmed the capture of the Socceroo on Monday.

Signed on a one-year deal from German side Mainz FC, Rukavytsya will add much needed depth and quality to the Wanderers attacking third.

Formerly of Perth Glory, the Ukrainian-born forward headed to Europe in 2009 when he was signed by Dutch Eredevisie side FC Twente in a deal rumoured to be worth $1.2 million. He then moved to Germany where he helped Hertha Berlin gain promotion to the Bundesliga, before moving to Mainz at the end of the 2012 season.

He struggled for game time at the Coface Arena and was subsequently loaned out for a year to second division side FSV Frankfurt last season.

Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas was thrilled with the capture of the 27-year-old, saying Rukavytsya will be an exciting inclusion to Tony Popovic's squad.

"This is a class acquisition for the club" Tsatsimas said in a statement.

"Nikita will give us options across our frontline, has a strong pedigree and is familiar with the A-League.

“We are at the beginning of a hectic season schedule and it is important that we add to the depth of our squad."

“The fact that he is an Australian player is a bonus in our view and can only be good for the Wanderers and the Australian game.”

Rukavytsya is expected to front up for training on Wednesday and could be in line to make his debut for the Wanderers against bitter rivals Sydney FC on Saturday.