Wanderers content with recovery

18 May 2017 04:57:28 EST

Defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis believes Tony Popovic's Western Sydney Wanderers have set a strong platform for next season, despite finishing the year without reaching a final.

Their exit in bottom place at the group stage of the Asian Champions League added to the disappointments of last season's A-League Finals Series.

Western Sydney were knocked out on penalties by Brisbane Roar in the first round of the finals, with Wanderers having found form in the second part of the season, going unbeaten in the last six games to secure sixth spot.

Aspropotamitis and his team-mates saw their season end last week when they won their last ACL game 3-2 win over Shanghai SIPG.

"It was a really good end to the season especially for us in the last game against Shanghai," said the defender.

"Obviously disappointing for us to lose against Brisbane, we thought we really competed that night. We were really proud as a team that we represented the club well that night, but just unfortunate to go out on penalties."

Aspropotamitis acknowledged Wanderers had started the season slowly and had drawn too many games.

But he said: "Come the second half of the year we really hit the ground running and we felt that we've really set a platform for next season. Now we're just looking ahead to what's going to be a really exciting 2017/2018 season."

Western Sydney are 7/1 to win the Grand Final, with Sydney FC 9/4 and Melbourne City 13/2.

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