Emerging goalkeeper Daniel Margush has the chance to press for a permanent spot in Western Sydney’s team but Wanderers coach Carl Robinson still plans to sign another gloveman following Daniel Lopar’s departure.
Margush, 23, joined the Wanderers in the off-season after failing to make an impact in a short stint with Perth Glory.
Before that, Margush made seven A-League appearances in four years for his hometown club Adelaide United, where he was stuck behind firstly Eugene Galekovic and later Paul Izzo.
But he’s finally set to get an extended A-League opportunity between the posts after Swiss custodian Lopar this month parted ways with the Wanderers.
“Daniel’s done great since he’s come here,” Wester Sydney coach Robinson said of Margush, who will start on Wednesday night when the Wanderers host Macarthur FC at Bankwest Stadium.
“Daniel is like a number of A-League keepers in that he has not been a regular No.1 yet.
“He’s a very talented boy, has plenty of potential and has got the attributes that you want to be a No.1 – a good talker, good communicator … he deserves an opportunity.”
However, with space in the Wanderers squad and room in the salary cap, Robinson said he
was likely to sign another goalkeeper.
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“I will look to bring another keeper in. What type of keeper I bring in will depend,” he said. “Do I bring an international keeper because I have a visa spot, or do I bring in a domestic keeper? We’ll see how this first month goes.”
Robinson has “read the narrative” about the Wanderers poaching players – including James Troisi (from Adelaide United) and Berni Ibini (from Newcastle Jets) – from other A-League clubs.
“Players come and go for certain reasons, just as managers and coaches come and go,” the former Newcastle Jets mentor said.
Robinson’s preferred “narrative” was him building a strong Wanderers squad for the future.
“I want to build a nucleus of players who can carry the team forward for the next three to five years, irrespective of who the manager is,” he said.
“We’ve got some really talented young players that I want to have a look at.”
Robinson said Macarthur had understandably taken a different approach for their inaugural A-League season.
“They’ve gone with more experience than youth, which is important whenever you’re a new team or a new club. It’s important you have foundations in place,” Robinson said.
“They want to hit the ground running. They want to have a good first year.
“It’s important that there is a lot of interest in that team and they do well, but there are other A-League teams that probably need a reaction, us included.”
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