Wanderers 'something special' says Visconte

ANGELA HABASHY
Last updated 15:20 10/01/2013

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Western Sydney recruit Rocky Visconte admits he was among the new A-League team's many doubters.

But that was before the Wanderers beat defending champions Brisbane Roar twice while he was there.

The 22-year-old left winger could hardly sign fast enough when  the call came from the Wanderers on Monday after he was released by  Brisbane last week and now feels he's got the chance to be part of  something special.

Visconte, who was part of the back-to-back championship-winning  Brisbane side in the previous two seasons under Ange Postecoglou  hadn't featured in the Roar first team plans of either Rado Vidosic  or new coach Mike Mulvey.

And despite only signing a contract with the Wanderers until the  end of the current season, the 22-year-old is excited by the  possibilities.

''When I found out the Wanderers were interested in me I had no  doubt in my head I wanted to be part of what they were doing,'' said  Visconte at Wanderers training on Thursday.

''Something special is happening here and I want to be a part of  it.

''Only months since they were hurriedly put together, the  Wanderers sit fourth on the ladder and continue to impress with  their well organised and exciting play while attracting one of the  most passionate followings in the league.

''At the beginning of the season I thought they're a new team,  it's their first season they're going to struggle,'' Visconte  admitted.

''But game by game they just improved... and when I was at  Brisbane they beat us twice (both 1-0).''You could could just tell their fitness levels and everything  else about them, they were another class above.

''The Wanderers have lacked a natural left footer in attack this  season and while Mark Bridge has proven his ability in the role,  coach Tony Popovic said Visconte fills a gap.

With injured forward Tahj Minniecon (foot) out indefinitely and  with Croatian striker Dino Kresinger (knee) up to three weeks away  from returning Popovic felt the need to act.

''He (Visconte) is a left-footed player, so he adds a bit more  depth in wide areas,'' Popovic said.

''He's young and ambitious and wants to prove himself. He's got  an opportunity now to show his worth.

''Rocky's got a lot of work to do to get into the team but he's  another good option for us.

''Popovic admitted they were ''still looking'' at other possible  signings in the January transfer window and reiterated that the  club was ''happy with where things are at'' in terms of re-signing  Japanese star Shinji Ono for next season.

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