Western United FC: Every signing from the Hyundai A-League's newest club

The Hyundai A-League's newest club - Western United FC - is beginning to take shape ahead of their introduction into the competition in the 2019/20 Season.

After the signing of Sydney FC defender Aaron Calver on Tuesday, the club now has four players locked away for their first season in the competition next year, while they also have two assistant coaches confirmed.

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It's been a whirlwind month for the Hyundai A-League's newest franchise, who also unveiled the club's official playing colours as well as their new name back in mid-February.

And we'll keep you up to date with all the latest signings and other Western United FC news right here as we edge closer to the club's first game in the Hyundai A-League next season.

Who have Western United FC signed?

Panagiotis Kone

The Hyundai A-League's newest club turned heads around the country when they announced the signature of Greek international and experienced Serie A veteran.

Kone, 31, pledged his allegiance on the 1st of February and will bring a host of experience to Australia when the 2019/2020 campaign gets underway.

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The midfielder starred for Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and has played 160 matches in the Italian top flight, where he captained Bologna.

He was also nominated for the 2013 FIFA Puskas award for an amazing bicycle kick he scored for Bologna against Napoli.

Kone


Josh Risdon

The Caltex Socceroo and experienced Hyundai A-League fullback became Western United FC's second signing 12 days after Kone put pen to paper.

Risdon, 26, has been one of the competition's most consistent fullbacks since his debut for Perth Glory in 2010.

SIGNING NEWS: Risdon becomes Western United's first Australian recruit

Since then, the Bunbury-born flyer has amassed 170 Hyundai A-League appearances and was one of Australia's most impressive performers at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. 

Josh Risdon


Connor Chapman

Bolstering Western United FC's defensive ranks is the former Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets defender, who inked his deal with Western United on the 7th of March.

Chapman, an Australian youth international, where he established himself as a K-League regular for both Incheon United and Pohang Steelers.

SIGNING NEWS: Chapman joins Western United

A central defender by trade, the 24-year-old has been sometimes been deployed as a defensive midfielder and at fullback during his stint overseas.

That experience will undoubtedly the Sydney-born player ready to show what he's learned while plying his trade in one of Asia's toughest competitions. 

Connor Chapman


Aaron Calver

The 23-year-old joined the club on March 12 as Western United FC's second-youngest signing.

Calver has made 44 appearances in the Hyundai A-League with Sydney FC and moves south on a two-year contract.

SIGNING NEWS: Sydney FC defender the latest to join Western United

He'll view the move to Western United FC as a chance for a fresh start and an opportunity to try and establish himself as a starting player in the Hyundai A-League.

Who is on the Western United coaching staff?

John Hutchinson

Former Central Coast Mariner and Hyundai A-League legend John Hutchinson was confirmed as the club's assistant coach in January, joining Western United after two years coaching in the USA with the Seattle Sounders' USL side.

Hutchinson made over 200 appearances in the Hyundai A-League, and lead the Mariners to their maiden Championship in 2013.

John Hutchinson; Patrick Zwaanswijk


John Anastasiadis

The highly-rated Bentleigh Greens coach was made the new club's first signing back in January.

Anastasiadis will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, having guided Bentleigh to a premiership (2016) and two championships (2015 and 2017) during his tenure. 

An expert on all things Victorian football, Anastasiadis began his career in the National Soccer League with Heidelberg United before heading to Greek powerhouse PAOK, where he would rack up over 200 games over a nine-year stint.

John Anastasiadis

Name

The club was officially named Western United Football Club back on February 14 after community consultation and an online poll on the club’s website and also conducted by News Limited.

Western United FC won out over other options including Western Melbourne Athletic, Westside Pride and Western Melbourne Warriors.

Colours

United also revealed their club colours on February 14, which will be a green and black playing strip.

While the club’s jersey design has yet to be determined, it’s understood the club will wear green and black stripes, while the away kit will be white.