O'Doherty makes Wanderers switch

07 June 2018 08:28:48 EST

New Western Sydney coach Markus Babbel has made midfielder Jordan O'Doherty his first signing for the club.

Wanderers have recruited the 20-year-old from Adelaide United, where he played in 28 games over two seasons.

Babbel, who took over last month, has also signed two teenage defenders who had been in the club's youth team last season - Wanderers Academy products Tass Mourdoukoutas and Tate Russell.

O'Doherty, who made his senior debut at the age of 15 in Adelaide's National Premier League, says he can't wait to link up with his new teammates when training starts in a fortnight.

He (Babbel) was a defender as well so there's no better person for me to learn off.

Jordan O'Doherty

After inking a three-year deal, he said: "I want to play in as many games as possible for the club and ultimately, I want to win trophies with the team.

"To be honest, I've always enjoyed watching the Wanderers members and fans more than any other in the league. They've brought a lot of excitement to the league and they're the best in the league, so I'm looking forward to playing in front of them."

Mourdoukoutas, 19, has been promoted to a two-year senior contract having so far played just one game.
The former Sydney Olympic player can play in the centre of defence or at left-back.

He said: "A new coach means a fresh start and especially with the pre-season coming up, it's a good time for us to try to impress him. He (Babbel) was a defender as well so there's no better person for me to learn off."

Russell, 18, has been part of the Wanderers Academy system since late 2015 and has signed a two-year scholarship with the Red & Black.

Wanderers are 7/1 to win the 2019 Grand Final.

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