Wanderers sign Baccus to new deal

One-time Serie A target Kearyn Baccus has secured a deal with Western Sydney Wanderers until the end of the 2016/17 A-League season.

The central midfielder joined the squad last month as an injury replacement striker Brendon Santalab before succumbing to injury himself.

Last-placed Wanderers are expecting a major overhaul in the transfer window as they attempt to kickstart their winless campaign during which they have struggled to find the back of the net.

The deal is a major reversal of fortune for the promising 23-year-old who endured a lean period at Perth Glory after returning from overseas.

After spells at Le Mans (France), Real Mallorca (Spain) and Blacktown City (NPL), Baccus’ stint at Wanderland was his first taste of A-League action.

The former Young Socceroo played four A-League matches in his initial spell with Western Sydney and featured in the FIFA Club World Cup against African Champions ES Setif.

He will now be available for the 2015 AFC Champions League campaign as the Wanderers attempt to defend their title.

Baccus, a Kingspark local, grew up in Blacktown after moving to Australia at a young age from his country of birth, South Africa.

“I’m proud and excited to have signed an extended contract with the Wanderers, especially as I’m a Blacktown boy – representing my region is a dream come true” Baccus told the club’s official website.

“My time with the club during my short-term contract was one of the best experiences of my career so far and I’m delighted to have made that permanent.

“Popa has rejuvenated my career; he made me realise a lot of things and I look forward to getting over my injury so I can continue working hard to achieve big things with the Wanderers.”

Baccus’ brother Keanu also plays for the club  in the Foxtel National Youth League.