Ferreira on standby for Sky Blues bow

24 February 2018 03:46:52 EST

Fabio Ferreira is likely to get his Sydney FC debut in the final derby clash of the A-League season.

The Portuguese winger could have found himself in the opposing team for the Round 21 clash at Allianz Stadium, as he was approached by Wanderers during the January transfer window.

Having played under Western Sydney coach Josep Gombau before, at Adelaide United, Ferreira considered linking up again with the Spaniard.

But he opted to go to the Sky Blues, who also courted him after he left Malaysia club PKNS in November to become a free agent.

Whenever I play I will be fine and I will feel good because I have been working hard.

Fabio Ferreira

Ferreira said his talks with Gombau didn't progress too far, and that he's happy he joined their crosstown rivals where he has the chance to win some silverware - Sydney FC are virtually guaranteed to retain the Premier's Plate and will want to go on and repeat last year's feat by winning the double.

"Sydney FC is one of the big clubs in Australia; they have a great team and great players and I had this chance to be a part of this club so I couldn't be happier and I couldn't be more excited to join this club in this league," said the Ferreira.

The 28-year-old was one of four first-team players left behind when the Sky Blues went to Shanghai Shenhua in the Asian Champions League this week, along with Matt Simon, David Carney and Jordy Buijs.

It seems likely Ferreira will get his chance against Western Sydney, for what will be his first competitive match since November.

"I am very excited, I can't wait for Sunday and obviously I want to play, everyone wants to play in games like this," he said.

"Obviously you need games to be much fitter but obviously whenever I play I will be fine and I will feel good because I have been working hard."

The Sky Blues are 4/9 to beat Western Sydney, who are 13/2 with the draw 7/2.

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