Western United captain Alessandro Diamanti has re-signed with the club for an additional two-seasons.
Diamanti joined the club in its inaugural campaign as a marquee and wasted little time in making an impact, scoring five goals and providing seven assists as well as enlightening the league – and social media – with his ‘poi bo’ way of life.
The Italian international will remain at the club until the end of the 2022/23 season, signing on with the league’s newcomers despite rumoured interest from rival clubs.
‘’I was honoured to be the first captain of Western United and I hope I can continue to help the club be successful,’’ he said.
‘’We’ve started something special this year and I’m excited to re-sign and continue the journey we have started together.
‘’We want to finish the season and we want to do it well. Our goal is the finals, we worked very hard during the isolation period and when we came back we worked very hard with a good attitude.’’
The sixth placed Western United is scheduled to play its remaining six matches within a 28-day period, in what could be the perfect dress rehearsal into the club’s maiden finals series
‘’We know that we’ve got a jam-packed schedule but it’s about embracing it and understanding if we go into a hub we have to put our best foot forward,’’ head coach Mark Rudan said.
‘’We’ve made it clear everyone in this squad will get game time and we need to move things around and be smart about how we do it. It won’t just be about form as to why players aren’t playing, every minute and detail counts for us.
‘’For those who have played in Europe they appreciate the six games in a shortened period. Other players want to move up and go into Europe or play in Asia and over there you do play 60-70 games.’’