Former Sydney FC trio Shannon Cole, Michael Beauchamp and Mark Bridge have all made the move west as expected, along with Nikolai Topor-StanleyWestern Sydney Wanderers have added four more players to their inaugural squad, signing former Sydney quartet Michael Beauchamp, Mark Bridge, Shannon Cole, Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
The addition of experienced trio Beauchamp, Bridge and Cole, who all started their careers in western Sydney and left Sydney FC after the 2011-12 A-League season, is sure to make the rivalry between the Sky Blues and the Wanderers even more intense.
Defender Topor-Stanley - a Sydney FC player in the 2006-07 campaign - has also joined the Wanderers after being released from his Newcastle Jets contract.
Midfielder Cole and forward Bridge both worked with Tony Popovic when the 38-year-old was an assistant with Sydney, while Beauchamp - joining his sixth club in as many years - played alongside his new coach with the Socceroos.
Topor-Stanley was released by the Jets eight days ago, and could now be lining up alongside Beauchamp at the heart of the Wanderers defence.
Popovic said he was pleased to have signed the experienced quartet.
"I'm very pleased to have players with the experience of these guys in my squad," Popovic said.
"All four players have excellent pedigree in the A-League and each brings something different to the squad."
Beauchamp, Topor-Stanley, Bridge and Cole join Aaron Mooy, Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah-Kubi as the players signed so far.
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