Western Sydney Wanderers has appointed Steve Roche as the club's inaugural W-League head coach.
Roche, who previously coached the Central Coast Mariners W-League side, expects Wanderers to be 'competitive' from the off when the new season starts.
"I'm extremely happy to be back in the mix and particularly excited to work in a region I know so well which is a very strong area for women's football and which has consistently produced a rich vein of talent," said Roche.
"I've been coaching at Football NSW for over 12 years and seen and coached a lot of the players that have come through NSW from western Sydney so not only do I know the talent that has come through the system but also the potential talent that is still untapped in the region.
"The plan is to develop a team that is very representative of the western Sydney area and that provides a pathway for aspirational female players and I've already identified some excellent players from the NSW Women's Premier League as well as some of the current Westfield Matildas.
"I'll be putting a team together over the next month or so which may also include some overseas based players as well so I expect we will be competitive from the opening whistle of this season's Westfield W-League."
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