History will be made at Cook Park, St Marys this Wednesday night as Western Sydney Wanderers kick off their inaugural A-League soccer campaign.
The Wanderers will play their first ever game in a trial against state league side Nepean FC and will be available to fans to mingle with afterwards.
Chief executive Lyall Gorman told the Star the Penrith community has welcomed the Wanderers with open arms.
The club will train at Rooty Hill’s Blacktown International Sportspark for the forseeable future.
‘‘It’s a nice opportunity to take our brand to a committed football family,’’ Gorman said.
‘‘We’ve been warmly welcomed into the region and are looking forward to Wednesday night.’’
With nine players contracted to the Wanderers, including former St Clair home grown junior Mark Bridge, it’s a chance for several others currently on trial to impress.
‘‘Who knows, some of our opponents could get a look in,’’ Gorman said.
‘‘It will a great game of football and chance for the club to mix with fans.’’
It remains unclear whether a Wanderers home game will be played at Penrith but Gorman insists the club will have a presence either through the A-League, youth or women’s league.
‘‘We’ve always said Penrith will have some part of the club’s development,’’ he said.
He said membership details will be announced this week.
There’s a lot of work to be done both on and off the field before the Wanderers kick off the A-League season against Central Coast Mariners on October 6.
‘‘It’s a challenge but the club is very focused and driven,’’ Gorman said.
Gorman quashed speculation surrounding Socceroo captain Lucas Neill.
‘‘We’ve haven’t had any discussions as his focus is with his club in the Middle East and the 2014 World Cup,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s very unlikely he’ll come back to Australia anytime soon. Post World Cup, it may be a different story.’’
Tomorrow night’s kick off is 7.30pm and admission is free.
‘‘This is your chance to be part of history while supporting you local teams,’’ Gorman said.