The Western Sydney Wanderers have boosted their defence by signing 21-year-old defender Brendan Hamill to a one year contract.
Following two years with K-League outfit Seongnam Ilhwa, Hamill joins the Wanderers for the remainder of the 2014 AFC Champions League campaign and the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.
Born and raised in Chipping Norton, Hamill rose through the ranks of local teams Chipping Norton FC, Marconi and Parramatta Eagles before completing his apprenticeship in the NSW and Australian Institute of Sport programs.
At 21 Hamill has already had four seasons of professional football under his belt including 35 games in the Hyundai A-League with former club Melbourne City (Heart 2010-12) prior to spending two seasons in the K-League with Seongnam Ilhwa and Gangwon FC (loan).
“Brendan ticks a lot of boxes for us; he’s young, ambitious, from Western Sydney and can play across the backline,” said Wanderers chief executive officer John Tsatsimas.
“We’ve seen previously that he can perform in the A-League and following two seasons in Asia he will have matured as a player and as a man.”
A sturdy defender known for his fine positioning and commanding strength on and off the ball, Hamill will add to the Wanderers defensive stocks for the heavy 2014/15 schedule.
"As a local western Sydney boy it means a lot to me to come back and play for the Wanderers, I grew up playing for a lot of the local sides in western Sydney and to see how big the club is especially now with their incredible fans, it is amazing to see the success the club has had, which is massive, and hopefully we can continue that,” said Hamill.
"I am looking forward to learning from Tony Popovic and the coaching staff here.
"Tony has played for the national team and over in England, he plays the same position as me so I am excited to learn as much as possible from him and be the best player I can be."