Until yesterday, the A-League's newest club was barely three months away from their first game and still without a name, colours, players and a home ground.
At least the first three parts of the equation have been solved. Western Sydney Wanderers are official, and their colours will be expressed in a red-and-black hooped jersey with white shorts.
As of day one, the club has three players in its squad, with Aaron Mooy, Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi all locked in. Either today or tomorrow, a further handful will be announced. By the end of the week, at least eight players are expected to be formally confirmed before the club's maiden training session next Tuesday.
An unexpected question mark opened up over the Wanderers' home venue yesterday when the club's executive chairman, Lyall Gorman, denied that the deal to host most games at Parramatta Stadium had been done. The sticking point is thought to be how many matches will be played at other venues.
''In choosing this iconic venue … to launch this club, I'm also pleased to announce we'll play some games here,'' Gorman said cautiously. ''We're in the middle of discussions with [Parramatta Stadium Trust director] Luke Coleman and the venue. We're very excited about the prospect of consolidating a partnership with them and we look forward to our first game here on October 6 against the Central Coast Mariners.''
The club's logo is sure to be a talking point. Formed in the monogram style favoured by teams with decades of history, Gorman said he was confident it would be well-received by fans - as would the name and the colours.
''The name 'Western Sydney Wanderers' was clearly the most popular choice and the colours were fully endorsed as being representatives of the associations and clubs who have, for so long, served … football in this region,'' he said.
With the club's identity settled, the biggest question is how it will fill the rest of the squad. Wanderers coach Tony Popovic returned from holiday last week to formally secure the signatures of several players.
''There's eight so far, obviously the three you've seen so far, and in the next couple of days, we'll announce the other five - but that's obviously not enough to make up a team or a squad,'' he said. ''There's still a lot to do but it's not really a problem. There's a process we're trying to follow and, instead of getting numbers, we want to get the right players.''
Popovic said he wanted the bulk of his squad formalised by August, believing two months would be sufficient time to put his mark on the team.
''Come October 6, we'll have our squad finalised, I've got no doubt about that, and we'll be very competitive in our first game,'' he said. ''It feels a long way from that at the moment but I've got no doubt we'll have a competitive team on the park.''
Asked if he felt handicapped by Football Federation Australia's decision not to let the club sign a marquee player, he was pragmatic.
''From day one, my understanding has been that we won't have a marquee and I've got no issue with that at all,'' he said.
Of the three players signed, the biggest buzz came about the acquisition of Appiah-Kubi - who was a former ballboy at Parramatta Power.
The 20-year-old from Merrylands was on the books of the Central Coast Mariners' youth team last season and was regarded as the next big thing.
-Sydney Morning Herald