Wanderers strengthen left wing with double signing

Joeys winger Jackson Bandieria and former Central Coast Mariners utility Matthew Sim have joined the Western Sydney Wanderers as the club bolster their left midfield stocks.

A Western Sydney local, Bandieria is an exciting future prospect who can play anywhere on the left-hand side and fits in well with the Wanderers style.

The Glenorie resident said he was thrilled to sign with the Red & Black for the next two seasons.

Bandieria becomes the third Joey to sign for an A-League club during this transfer window, following Kosta Petratos at Perth Glory and captain Joe Caletti at Brisbane Roar.

“After meetings with Trevor Morgan and Tony Popovic I knew I wanted to come to Western Sydney Wanderers,” said Bandieria.

“Being here will boost my development, especially being under Tony Popovic. He was a great defender himself and I will learn a lot from him.

“This is the best club for my development and I want to have a future here. It’s my hometown club, I only live a short drive away from training and I can’t wait to get started.”

27-year-old Matt Sim also joins the club, making the move down the M1 to Pirtek Stadium after training with the club since being released in early January.

“I’ve been training here since I left the Mariners and when Popa gave me the news that I would sign I was so pleased to be part of this club that is doing great things on and off the field,” said Sim.

“It’s a big privilege to be here and I can’t wait to get started. Within the first few years of set-up the Wanderers have been incredibly successful, they’re a club that’s here to win things and that’s an incredible thing to be a part of.

“I went to the game on Friday night and sat in the crowd for the first time: the atmosphere was incredible. The RBB live and breathe off everything the boys do, they don’t stop singing the whole match and that kind of support helps players even more. They’re a big part of this club and I can’t wait to play in front of them.”

Sim will join the squad for the remainder of the 2015/16 season.