OFFICIAL: Topor-Stanley leaves Wanderers for Hatta Club

Hatta Club have unveiled the Australian defender, who has ended his successful stint with Western Sydney after four years

Western Sydney Wanderers have confirmed captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley has left the club, with the central defender having joined Hatta Club in United Arab Emirates.

The Wanderers gave Topor-Stanley leave to travel to the UAE over the weekend to complete the deal with the newly-promoted Arabian Gulf League club.

Hatta Club unveiled the 31-year-old on Sunday, with Western Sydney confirming the deal via a statement on Tuesday.

 

In the statement, Topor-Stanley labelled his four years with the Wanderers as "the best of my career so far".

"The Wanderers is a special club that in so little time has captured a nation and I'm sure it's only the beginning of more great times ahead," he said.

"It has been an honour and a humbling experience to be able to say I was and am a part of the history of this club and I will always hold that close to my heart.

"I consider myself fortunate to have played one game for this club, but to have made over 100 appearances and being given the responsibility to lead the team for the past two seasons was the highest honour.

"While I won't list and gloat about the achievements this club has made, I can truly say that every year the expectation was to win everything in which we competed."

Topor-Stanley departs the Wanderers having led them to the 2014 AFC Champions League title, while also having won the 2012-13 A-League premiership in the club's inaugural season.

His exit means Shannon Cole is the only remaining player at Western Sydney from the Wanderers' inaugural squad. 

The centre-back played in three A-League grand finals with Western Sydney but ended up on the wrong side of the result each time.

It was widely reported during pre-season that Western Sydney offered Topor-Stanley to other A-League clubs, while it is understood Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan made an offer for the defender.

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Despite the new A-League season being two weeks old, the Wanderers have now decided to release Topor-Stanley, who is in the final season of his contract.

Topor-Stanley's departure leaves Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic with four central defenders in his squad in Robbie Cornthwaite, Aritz Borda, Brendan Hamill and Jonathan Aspro.

Hatta Club have started the Arabian Gulf League with a win and a draw from three matches, including their 2-1 triumph over Al Ittihad Kalba on Friday.