After months of speculation, Mark Rudan has been confirmed as new A-League side Western United's inaugural coach.
Rudan departed Wellington Phoenix at the end of the season after an impressive first campaign in the A-League saw him guide the Nix to the finals.
The former Sydney FC club captain decided against extending his stay in Wellington however, stressing a desire to be closer to his family.
Western United wasting no time to snap Rudan up and locking down the 43-year-old as their first coach.
“There is something special about starting at a club with no history, because it gives you the opportunity to write the first couple pages,” Rudan said.
“The calibre of talent we’ve already signed and the group that has started to come together has the potential to do great things in this competition and it’s going to be exciting to help them gel on the park.
"I’ve been given a huge responsibility by Western United and the board with this role not just because of the club and its new players, but because football in the West of Victoria has some of the most passionate fans in Australia and it’s important that they’re proud of what we do out on the park."
Prior to Rudan's reveal, Western United have already signed a marquee player in the form of Panagiotis Kone and locked in John Anastasiadis and John Hutchinson as assistant coaches.
United's arrival in the A-League next season will see the regular season cut to 26 rounds but be extended over 29 weeks to allow for byes.