Having spent the entirety of his professional football career in Melbourne prior to this season, Dylan Pierias made the off-season to move to the Western Sydney Wanderers.
It is a move the former Western United and Melbourne City winger views the move to Wanderland as a test.
“It’s a new change for me,” the winger said, speaking after the Wanderers Australia Cup victory over Adelaide United.
“Coming here, testing myself, I knew this is a big club, and I wanted to be part of a club that has really high standards and the pressure is on when you play.
“There’s bigger crowds and bigger expectations.”
A key person in the 23-year-old’s move was Marko Rudan, who coached Pierias at Western United.
“I’ve worked with the boss (Rudan) before at Western United and when they asked me to come across, it was a no-brainer for me to say yes because I know what he’s all about,” he said.
“I’m absolutely loving it at the moment.”
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The Wanderers had a significant amount of roster turnover at the end of last season, most notably the transfers of Kusini Yengi and Calum Nieuwenhof, bringing in players like Marcus Antonssen, Josh Brillante, and Pierias as replacements.
It is a squad that on paper, looks like it should contend for silverware this season.
The high amount of turnover, as well as the level of the players who departed, has concerned some fans of the club.
Pierias, however, views that as a good thing.
“There’s a lot of turnover at this club,” he said.
“I think it’s good to bring in new fresh players.
“I hope I can make them (the fans) happy and do the job.
“I think I’m doing alright at the moment, but I think we’re going to be really good this year.”
Something that should give Wanderers fans plenty of hope for the new season is the approach the side is taking, and that the game plans are paying off early on.
“We came to this tournament wanting to win it,” Pierias said of the Australia Cup.
“We knew we have it in us to win games like that.
“Today, we’ve been working on a particular game style and I think we executed it really well.”
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