Sydney FC coach Ian Crook has confirmed Alessandro Del Piero will travel to Wellington for the club's first match of the season.
Sydney plays Wellington Phoenix at
Crook told members of the media he plans to manage
"We've said all the way along that it's a long-term project," Crook said.
"He's not here on short-term guesting, but we feel that he's got enough quality to be able to give us something different."
The Sydney FC coach has a number of options up front and, with
"It's a nice headache to have," Crook said.
"Obviously it's disappointing for some of them that are going to miss out.
"At the end of it you can only pick 15 to go, so it's a difficult situation."
Meanwhile, Crook is delighted by
The 33-year-old has recovered from ankle surgery and Crook hopes he will be a regular presence throughout the campaign.
"Emo's always been a fairly natural athlete," Crook said.
"He hasn't had as much game time as the other boys, but the type of individual he is – he's been a player for a long time now – he knows what he needs to do to get himself right.
"What we've seen in the previous week, he's been great."
Time supposedly heals all wounds, but one month on from the A-League grand final and Western Sydney captain Michael Beauchamp is still hurting.