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Visconte keen to prove worth

By Football News



Rocky Visconte plans to make it impossible for Western Sydney not to re-sign him when his short-term deal expires at the end of the season.

Visconte was thrown a lifeline by the Wanderers this week after he was released by two-time champions Brisbane Roar.

Despite featuring under Ange Postecoglou during the Roar's title-winning campaigns, the 22-year-old didn't manage a minute of first-team football this season under both Rado Vidosic and then Mike Mulvey.

Fearing he was headed for the A-League scrapheap and going stale at the Roar, Visconte jumped at the chance for a fresh start at the A-League new-boys.

And the exciting winger plans to make the most of his second chance and the Wanderers' prospects for the rest of the season.

"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 the Wanderers training base at Blacktown on Thursday.

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

"My goal is to prove to the coaches in these three months that I've got I can do well and hopefully stay on.

"There's a little bit of pressure on me but three months is a long time as well. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can get to my peak fitness and when I get the opportunity I've got to take it.

"There's still another 12 games left and that's a lot of time to prove yourself."

Visconte admits he's been surprised by the stunning success of the Wanderers so far, expecting the team to find the going tough in their debut season.

But after seeing first-hand their ability during their two victories over the Roar this season, the former Australian youth international is now convinced anything is possible and is excited to be a part of it.

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

"But from watching them play game by game they just improved and improved.

"When I was at Brisbane they beat us twice (both 1-0) and you could just tell their fitness levels and everything else about them, they were another class above.

"They're sitting in the top four so they must be doing something right and I'm hoping i can add to the team."

Coach Tony Popovic is excited to have a player of Visconte's A-League experience on board as well as adding a natural left-side option to his squad.

With striker Dino Kresinger (knee) still a few weeks away and winger Tahj Minniecon (foot) out indefinitely, the Wanderers boss hasn't ruled out adding another player to his roster before the transfer window closes.

"We're still looking but if we can find another attacking player we would (sign him)," he said.

"It's hard to get a player that can come in and be ready to perform straight away. If we can add to the squad again we will, if we feel that player can add quality.

"He's (Visconte) 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 also said the club were comfortable with how things are progressing in regards to the re-signing of marquee man Shinji Ono for next season.

The Wanderers face a tough trip to Wellington to face the desperate Phoenix on Sunday but will be boosted by the return of skipper Michael Beauchamp, Youssous Hersi (both from suspension), Mateo Poljak and Adam D'Apuzzo.